Happy campers filled the library last week to take part in the Winter Scholastic Book Fair – S’more Fun with Books. With every purchase directly benefiting our school, we were able to raise $7,865 (55 percent of the total $14,300 sold in books and extras). The school will use the funds to buy books for the library, as well as needed items such as headphones and classroom equipment.
The event was very well attended and that meant some of the very popular books had to continually be restocked. Making Bombs for Hitler quickly became a must-have book for many of the 4th and 5th graders, along with Bailey's Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel, Dog Man, The Bad Guys, and Pig the Pug.
In addition to the traditional book fair, BSE hosted and “All for Books” event from Jan. 30 – Feb. 10 to benefit the Beaverton Clothes Closet, a nonprofit organization that provides clothes, books, and other items to vulnerable children in our community. Each classroom was given an empty jar and kids were encouraged to bring in spare change to fill the jar. The money collected was used to buy Book Fair books, which were donated to the nonprofit. As the two classrooms to collect the most change, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Hammond’s classes were given $100 to spend on books for their classroom.
“The book fair is really a win-win-win for the students, our school, and the community,” said Melissa Gatchell, event co-lead. “The school raised money to stock the library, our kids purchased some new and exciting books, and the change drive allowed us to give back to the community on behalf of the Bonny Slope students. It was a well-received and fun week for sure.”