|In addition to books, the Scholastic Book Fair also sold colourful and creative pens, pencils, erasers, and markers – items that Mrs. Radawetz refers to as “eye candy”,|
|Students posing with books on the first day of the book fair|
|Most students look forward to the Scholastic Book Fair. Of course, books aren’t difficult to find because there are plenty of stores in Winnipeg and sites on the internet (such as amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca) where students can purchase an even greater selection of books and accessories. But most K-8 students don’t order books off the internet, and the Scholastic Book Fair makes the process easy and convenient because they bring the books to us – a brilliant marketing strategy|
|Shopping at the book fair is fun and convenient for the students|
|Under the direction of the school’s librarian Mrs, Radawetz, IHMS has raised approximately $2500 a year for each of the last few years. Since all of this money is used to purchase new books for the students, everybody benefits!|
|Grade 3 students paying for their book purchases|
|Students browsing at the book fair|
When the book fair was open after school, students had to have a parent with them to purchase books. During school hours, students had to have their teacher with them during classroom designated purchase time.
|A schedule was created to give every class time to browse and purchase books|
A few days before the book fair, every student was given a Preview flyer showing a few of the books that would be available for sale. In addition to these “sneak peeks”, the flyer also contained a ballot that could be filled out and entered for a prize draw of $50 worth of free books – $25 for the winning student and $25 for that student’s class (this year’s winner was Chrystyna D. in grade 4). There were also smaller draws in every grade for a coupon worth $6 off the price of any book or accessory.
|Grade 4 student Chrystyna D. was the prize draw winner of $50 worth of free books|
In order to give everyone an opportunity to view the displays, a schedule was set up for each grade to do some browsing. Each class’s first visit was for viewing only, while purchases were accepted during the class’s second visit. Of course students were free to browse as they walked through the book fair on the way to the gym at lunch time, and students were free to make purchases after 3:00 if their parents accompanied them.
|Grade 8 students browsing at the book fair|
Since the book fair was organized with the needs of K-8 students in mind, there were a wide range of reading levels available, ranging from pre-school to teenager. There were also a lot of accessories for sale, such as colourful pens and pencils, erasers, and markers. In addition, there was a small selection of gift ideas for the students to purchase.
|Some of the different topics available at the Scholastic Book Fair|
The book fair was organized by Mrs. Radawetz, the school’s librarian. In addition, a number of parent volunteers helped out behind the counter.
The Scholastic Book Fair is a major school event that requires a lot of planning and preparation. Thank you to Mrs. Radawetz, the parent volunteers, and everyone else who played a part in making the Scholastic Book Fair such a great success.
|Students enjoyed the opportunity to shop at the Scholastic Book Fair|