Congratulations to the Winners of Our Spring 2013 Elementary National Contest!

Our first-place winner and recipient of a visit from best-selling author Pam Muñoz Ryan plus 2,000 Scholastic Dollars™ is:

Skyline Elementary School
Chairperson: Tammy Matlock
Stillwater, OK
Theme: Story Laboratory – Reading Gives You Super Power!

Fifth-grade students were asked to brainstorm ideas for how to celebrate literacy during their upcoming Book Fair. The result was a story that became an imaginative school-wide play scripted by a team of aspiring writers. They wrote using every minute they could – even during recess and class breaks. The play included a mad scientist and his sidekick who steal the school library and turn it into their personal mad science laboratory. To defeat the mad scientist, Captain Reads-A-Lot and his sidekick Book Boy would need the help of all the school students. Each student would have to read 20 minutes to receive a superpower, and need to collect nine superpowers and read more than 100,000 minutes collectively to help defeat the mad scientist. The stage was designed, costumes created, and rehearsals held before and after school and on Sundays. The 45-minute long play had three showings, two for students and one for families.

Behind the scenes, parents, teachers, and the community organized a weeklong reading and science celebration. Businesses helped with All for Books™ donations and helped fund many of the elaborate decorations. Social media and the school’s website helped inform and recruit parents, as volunteers. Other local groups helped support the family literacy night, which featured free pizza and science literacy activities. The week was capped by a successful Grand Event movie night with concessions and last-minute shopping.

Congratulations to Skyline Elementary School students, staff, and parents for making their Book Fair such a great event!

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

McGarity Elementary School
Chairperson: Angie Dennis
Hiram, GA
Theme: Story Laboratory – Reading Gives You Super Power!

McGarity Elementary has their successful Book Fairs down to a science, and crafted their Story Laboratory theme so students would go mad for books. Parent volunteers and Junior Crew members decorated the library with scientific formulas, beakers, microscopes, and mad experiments in jars. Atoms hung from the ceiling, and slime dripped everywhere. The centerpiece of the decorations was a full-size Bookenstein monster. Activities included a teacher preview featuring atomic treats, a student preview day, All for Books campaign, and multiple contests. Events included a kindergarten registration day for future students, Family Event featuring science experiments, “Goodies with Grands” Grand Event, and a Book Fair Rally.

Switlik Elementary School
Chairperson: Susan Guzman
Jackson, NJ
Theme: Story Laboratory – Reading Gives You Super Power!

This school left nothing out of their spring Book Fair. Highlights include a complete advertising campaign including student-created grassroots posters, their first-ever All for Books™ coin challenge which raised more than $3,000, a Junior Crew of 18 fifth graders, 45 parent volunteers, and a school-wide pep rally. Teachers were invited to a special sneak peek to make their wish lists and a raffle for prizes. The Book Fair was decorated with a reading accelerator, hand scanner, ceiling danglers, oozing slime, test tubes, and more. Each day had its own theme, and Thursday was Family Night featuring hands-on science stations, a special performance by faculty and staff, story time read-alouds, and raffles. Finally, students attended a school-wide game show between students and teachers. The adults lost and were slimed head to toe by the winners.

Verne A. Duncan Elementary School
Chairperson: Tammy Belafsky
Happy Valley, OR
Theme: Clifford’s 50th Birthday

Clifford’s 50th birthday was the theme chosen by Verne A. Duncan Elementary School for their spring Book Fair. Volunteers helped make the Fair a success by gathering and creating decorations, including balloons, Clifford-sized wrapped gifts, streamers, and multimedia presentation. A rally was held before the Fair and featured students making their own version of the “Harlem Shake” with Clifford being the center of attention. A teacher preview featuring light snacks was held for staff to pick out recommended books and make their wish lists. The week of Book fair was spirit week and each day featured a special theme for students and staff to get excited about. The highlight of the week was their Celebration of Learning Night that included a book swap, math games, science experiments, displays of student writing, and guest readers.

Hill Elementary School
Chairpeople: Kelly David and Kristi Spess
Austin, TX
Theme: Dr. Read More’s Story Laboratory

One of the most anticipated events of the school year at Hill Elementary School is the spring Book Fair. A combination of promotions, activities, and decorations are the keys to its continued success. Promotions included complete advertising campaign with website, email, and print elements. Signs were placed everywhere so parents and students couldn’t miss the event. The principal and librarian promoted the Fair by wearing lab coats and sharing favorite books, and making announcements. Among the activities were a Mad labs contest for students, All for Books campaign which raised more than $1,450, a Family Night with lab experiments, robotics, and choir performances. Volunteers began creating decorations well in advance. Highlights included lab doors with hand scanner and keypad, faux “clean room” curtain, reading accelerators, photo ops, huge robot, and more than 70 ceiling danglers.

Click here to see who won the President’s Award for Exceptional Performance.

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