Congratulations to the Winners of our Spring 2010 National Elementary
School Contest!

Our first-place winner and recipient of a visit from best-selling author and illustrator David Catrow, plus 2,000 Scholastic Dollars™ is:

Discovery School at Reeves Rogers
Chairperson: Sarah Svarda
Murfeesboro, TN

What made the Discovery School’s Book Fair their most successful ever? Students, teachers, and parents attended a diner-themed kickoff assembly featuring the principal on a motorcycle, a diner relay, game show, musical guest performance, pie-eating competition, and more.

The school’s cafeteria was transformed into a 1950’s diner fully equipped with a jukebox, records, checkerboard floor, and stars hanging from the ceiling. A custom menu was created featuring food with classic diner nicknames.

A Junior Crew of 14 students helped plan the Fair. They volunteered to work during lunch, spring break, evenings, and weekends to bring their ideas to life. To advertise the Fair, students wore sandwich boards to publicize the Family Night, and used the school’s Web site to inform everyone of the schedule of activities. Family Night featured a sock hop, “drive-in” movie, complimentary milkshakes, as well as bubble gum blowing and hula hoop competitions.

To increase One for Books® donations for the school’s literacy program, a “principal for the day” challenge took place: the principal agreed to trade places with the teacher from the class with the most donations. Congratulations to Discovery School at Reeves Rogers students, staff, and parents for making their Book Fair such a great event!

Second-place winners of 1,000 Scholastic Dollars are:

North Clackamas Christian School
Chairperson: Pam Harris
Oregon City, OR

The school set specific goals for their spring Book Fair allowing volunteers to concentrate their efforts. Led by the school’s librarian, the volunteer “Library Ladies” put together a weeklong event packed with activities designed to increase traffic to the Book Fair. To reach beyond the school audience, a successful ice cream social was held which drew new families from the community to attend. Grandparents Day was a big success, drawing more than 100 grands who showed their support for literacy. The event featured theme dress-up, a 1950’s musical song and dance program, BBQ lunch, and fun competition between teams. Unique sales incentives helped drive traffic for students and families. Once the Fair was over, the volunteer team celebrated their success with a spa-tacular library volunteer lunch featuring donated massages and treats from a local bakery.

Hawkes Bluff Elementary
Chairpeople: Kathy Passerello & Ruth Bonfield
Davie, FL

The plain hallway leading to the Book Fair transformed into an exciting 1950’s diner featuring a checkerboard floor, chrome lunch counter with matching stools, bright red walls, and full-sized replicas of teachers dressed as waitresses in pink uniforms. Inside the Fair, additional themed sets and décor served to create a buzz throughout the school, which helped increase shopper excitement around the event. Students and staff dressed in 1950’s outfits, while everyone had fun at the sock hop. Students helped remind parents about the Fair by advertising with sandwich boards at the carpool area during pickup and drop-off.

Will Rogers Elementary
Chairperson: Claudia Mornhinweg
Stillwater, OK

Prior to the Fair, local businesses were asked to help with donations so students who could not afford a book would be able to participate in the Fair. A total of 73 students benefited from this outreach to the business community, and donors each received Thank You posters to display to the public. Students participated in One for Books, which added to the number of books purchased for students in need. Two events for families were held: Goodies for Guests, a morning event for grands and other family members, while an ice cream social Family Event was held at night. Student book club members helped promote the Fair during an all-school assembly by performing a skit based on the American Bandstand television show. The school’s principal helped promote the Fair by participating with the school’s librarian in a fun all-school call and response, which got students excited and reminded them to tell their parents about the Fair.

Millersville Elementary School
Chairperson: Lori Skalitzky
Millersville, MD

The Book Fair Diner theme was used to help set a new record for the school’s Book Fair sales. Highlights included a “Shake, Rattle, and Read” Family Night featuring an A cappella singing group, scavenger hunt, and a classic 1959 Packard. To promote the event, Junior Crew members dressed as car hops on roller skates. Students beat their One for Books challenge goal and the principal and custodian were sprayed with silly string by the top two classrooms. Donations helped purchase books for disadvantaged students and teacher’s classroom libraries. Parents also supported teachers by purchasing 138 books through the Classroom Wish List program. Decorations included vintage 45 RPM records, handmade themed bandit signs, and fun themed props throughout the Fair. The librarian wore authentic 1950’s clothing, including her mother’s original cat’s-eye glasses, which a local optometrist modified by switching the prescription lenses for plain demo versions.

Third-place winners of 500 Scholastic Dollars are:

Joseph Henry Elementary
Galway, NY
Chairperson: Lauralyn Sakala

The school set a new record for their One for Books donations, which helped get more books into teacher’s classroom libraries. A Grand Event Diner was held with student volunteers from the local high school running the diner. A vintage car cruised around the school all night, and served as a photo op for visitors. A second Family Event was held, drawing in many students and families for more shopping. Each classroom participated in a door-decorating contest featuring designs from popular children’s books. A monthlong 100,000 minute reading challenge was set, with students surpassing the goal. As a result, the school’s popular principal spent a day on the roof of the school.

Gaffney Lane Elementary School
Oregon City, OR
Chairperson: Susie Werner

Inspired volunteers used the theme to decorate the Book Fair with fun 1950’s props and accents. The principal created even more excitement with two special entrances at school assemblies on his very own motorcycle. A Grand Lunch Event took place, which drew in a new audience to shop the Book Fair with students.

Immaculate Conception School
North Little Rock, AR
Chairperson: Linda Williams

Student decorations were featured in the library and hallway, generating a lot of talk and interest in the Book Fair. Success also occurred because of a large group of volunteers, donations from local businesses, and the support of the principal and teachers. A trivia contest for students kicked off the activities and generated more talk and enthusiasm. Separate events for dads and moms as well as a Family Event ensured that all parents were able to attend the Book Fair with their children. The highlight was the One for Books challenge goal. Students beat the goal and as a result, their coach agreed to shave his hair into a Mohawk. Donations added more books to classrooms, the school library, and a local children’s hospital.

Natcher Elementary School
Bowling Green, KY
Chairperson: Alecia Marcum

The student council sponsored daily theme days for all students. Each day created a sense of excitement around the fair, and the principal and assistant principal took part to help promote the event. The Fair was decorated with the Diner theme, and students and families enjoyed having their picture taken with props and on the checkerboard dance floor. Participation in One for Books was the best ever and donations were used to purchase books for the library. Grandparents were invited to attend and were served refreshments every day.

Our Lady of Hungary
South Bend, IN
Chairperson: Debra K. Stockberger

The Book Fair is the main fundraiser for classroom libraries, so when the Fair comes around, the school goes all out. Art classes helped create schoolwide decorations, which got teachers and students excited about the Fair. More advertising, including using the school’s Web site and sending flyers home, helped draw parents to shop. An open house featuring a special breakfast kicked off the Fair. The school gym featured a life-sized board game that everyone could participate in, increasing participation and drawing local news coverage.

Gloria Dei Lutheran School
Hampton, VA
Chairperson: Dianne Jarjoura
Using the Book Fair Diner theme allowed the school to create many wonderful decorations, which generated excitement and a sense of enthusiasm for reading. The Teacher Sneak Peek included themed snacks, and the themed Classroom Wish List board attracted a lot of attention. Themed days got students excited about participating. Themes included Rainbow Day, 1950s Day, Earth Day, School Color Day, and Storybook Character Day.

LaSalle Regional School
Farmingdale, NY
Chairperson: Kim Lieberz

Book Fair sales increased at the school because of added events and using online theme resources to save time and money. Student volunteers created banners to hang in the hallways, generating a buzz among students. Decorating added another way to get students excited about participating. Each classroom was decorated with a special themed menu advertising the Fair. Two assemblies were held, building excitement for the Fair among students, while two events were planned for families. Special emphasis was placed on making the Fair shopping experience better for shoppers, which increased time spent shopping.

North Road Intermediate
Warren, OH
Chairperson: Valerie Brown

By starting early and involving teachers, support staff, and parent volunteers, the school held their most successful Book Fair. The school was decorated with student projects that reflected the Book Fair Diner theme, and one day was designated as a theme dress-up day. For the first time, grandparents were invited to attend. Each grade level had a special day to invite grands, who participated in dressing for the theme and taking photo ops with their student.

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