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Sudduth, Scholastic team up for book fair

September 9, 2012

Sudduth students Lexus Sanders, left, and Ariyn Capers, right, browse the selection at the Scholastic Book Fair as parent volunteer Felicia Noll supervises. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)

Sudduth Elementary School began its biannual Scholastic Book Fair in the school library Friday and will continue the fair Sept. 10-14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an open house from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10.

Tina Green, book fair chairperson, said guests can also order books at Sudduth's online book fair Sept. 7-27. Starkville Public School employees get discounts on books at the fair, she said, and low prices are available for other shoppers.

"There (are) some books as cheap as $1," Green said. "Scholastic (also sends) numerous ... book sets and bundles that offer a great discount."

Books are not the only items available at the fair, Green said; there are school supplies, educational toys, and books with items attached.

She said while most of the books are for the K-2 audience, the fair also offers books for all age levels.

"I usually find at least one book for myself each fair," Green said.

"The book fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult best sellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. We pretty much take over the library for a week, and we are very appreciative of our library staff for allowing us."

The fair also functions as a fundraiser for Sudduth, Green said. Instead of cash, she said, the book fair generates "Scholastic Dollars," of which Sudduth receives at least 50 percent for teachers' use.

"We can make more if we increase our sales from last year," Green said.

"Scholastic offers lots of incentives. What makes Scholastic Dollars so unique is that at the end of our book fair, we know what we have made.

We are able to give each Sudduth classroom teacher (this includes all grade levels, Special Education, PE, Art, Music, Speech and PEAK) an equal amount of money to shop. Our teachers get to take books right from the fair based on the profit we make."

Sudduth principal Lisa Thompson said the open house immediately follows a Sudduth PTO meeting and is also a Pearson's Parent Night where parents can learn more about Pearson Reading Street, the reading curriculum used in Sudduth's classes. The open house will also present a purchasing opportunity for parents who cannot attend the fair during the school day, she said.

Thompson also said Sudduth typically hosts a luncheon for grandparents early in the book fair, letting them share in their grandchildren's learning experiences.

"(The book fair) gives our wonderful PTO an opportunity to give back and support Sudduth Elementary," Thompson said. "It gives parents ... an opportunity to be here and be involved with Sudduth in a positive way.

(Parents can) purchase books that their children actually select during the school day. It's just an opportunity for children to really get excited and have something other than the required curriculum to read and enjoy."

Green said every child at Sudduth gets to visit the book fair during library time to make a "wish list," which they can then take home to family to request permission to purchase the books.

"Our teachers also make wish lists ... and parents are able to purchase books for our teachers," Green said. "We usually get a great response.

The kids really get excited to come to the book fair, and many even bring their own money to come spend. We do the book fair twice a year, and the spring book fair is usually larger."

Green said the book fair is also looking for volunteers to help children make wish lists, help people find selections and operate checkout registers. While most volunteers at each book fair come from the PTO, she said, more volunteers are always welcome, and interested parties can contact her at 662-312-6953.

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