Parents and kids know that the Woodside Scholastic Book Fair gives children and parents the opportunity to shop from a huge selection of Scholastic books. However, not all parents realize that the Book Fair helps the PTA put hundreds of new books into classrooms each year. Yes, it’s not just a program we run. It’s a program that allows parents and the PTA to give back to our school as well.
- The Gift of Reading program allows parents to donate books to classrooms in honor of their children. It’s the best program the PTA offers to parents to improve classroom libraries.
- Teacher Wish Lists allow parents and students to purchase books from the Book Fair that teachers have specifically requested for their classrooms.
- The PTA uses part/most of the profits from the Book Fair to purchase additional books for classrooms. How do we do this? The PTA earns 25% of the gross sales from the Book Fair. When we use that money to purchase books, Scholastics DOUBLES IT! Every dollar you spend at the Book Fair turns into 50 cents that the PTA can use towards books for Woodside classrooms and students. Yes, your purchases translate into books for our kids and school.
This year, between the Gift of Reading, Wish List books purchased by parents and PTA donations, 421 new books were put into classrooms (approximate value $2,700)! Delivering the bags of books to classrooms is truly a fantastic feeling.
Special thanks need to go out to this year’s Book Fair Co-Chairs: Margaret Davis, Joyce Bogus and Farhana Ahmed. The Book Fair is a HUGE undertaking. Many weeks of work take place before the doors ever open. In addition, our week-long fair is a full-time job. Our chairs donate a great deal of their time to make this possible. Thank you ladies for making this annual program possible.
Do you want to see this program continue at Woodside? Well, we need your help. Without additional parent volunteers, the Scholastic Book Fair won’t be able to continue. Given the volume of work required to make this program possible, we really need a group of parents to step up and be part of the Book Fair. If you are interested in helping out or learning more, contact Sandy Introna, WAS PTA President.