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Thomas Edison School Book Fair
Buying books is a great way to celebrate National Book Month
Students attending the used book sale at Thomas A. Edison School were given a sticker that said “I Love Reading.”
Judging by the young shoppers’ actions, the sticker appeared to be quite correct. After making their purchases students sat on the floor with their backs against a wall and their noses in their books.
“This is what we want - the spark, the interest for reading,” teacher Diana Santiago said.
One reason to host the used book sale was to enable students to have access to books and to encourage reading, said Carmen Parker, Community Schools Coordinator at Edison School. The fair organizers make sure each child who attends the fair gets at least one book.
The sale came at just the right time as October is National Book Month. Throughout the school day on Oct. 12, classes were led to the school’s lower level where long tables were arranged. Each table held a number of boxes filled with a variety of genres of books. The books sold for 25 cents apiece.
“Happy shopping,” said a teacher as she brought her group of second graders to the sale.
“I like that it has a lot of pictures,” second grader Mariana Cruz said of the book she had selected, “101 Dalmatians.”
“I’m looking for a Halloween book,” second grader Franklin Romero said. “The book fair is nice.”
Members of the Edison community donated the books, which are sorted into genres by volunteers. This year the selection included Disney books, chapter books, non-fiction books, and books in Spanish as well as those about science, various cultures and holidays.
“Oooo, dinosaurs,” one excited boy said as he looked through one of the boxes.
The benefits of reading are far reaching, and students benefit socially too, Ms. Santiago said.
“They are conversing about books as well,” she said as students not only engaged in silent reading but also discussed the books they had purchased with their friends.
The sale is a fundraiser for the school’s PTO, which in turn provides money to teachers and staff for supplies and other necessities.
“We all benefit from the PTO,” Ms. Parker said.