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Congratulations to the Winners of the Spring 2009 National Middle School Contest!
Our first-place winner and recipient of a visit from champion swimmer Michael Phelps plus a $2,000 shopping spree for books is:
Wiley Middle School
Books came alive at Mrs. Magorium’s Reading Emporium, also known as the spring 2009 Book Fair. The Crew helped transform the media center into a reading emporium, filled with colorful lanterns and parachutes hanging from the ceiling, as well as gigantic stuffed animals, roller coaster toys, and oversized candy displays. To promote the Book Fair, students created door decorations based on their class’s favorite book, and made tri-fold display boards about books. A classroom competition was held for One for Books®, which led to more than $1,500 collected for the program. Other contests to generate student excitement included “Sock It to Reading” and “Hats Off to Reading” days, where students dressed in crazy socks and hats. To attract families, an exciting Family Event was held, complete with a model air plane show from Texas High Fliers, a performance by the student band, movies, and food. Wiley also hosted their first-ever grand slam breakfast for grandparents during the Book Fair. In addition to hosting a fun Teacher Sneak Peek of the Book Fair, Wiley held three faculty stunts to motivate even more students to visit the Book Fair. The wacky stunts included a teacher eating a worm, a teacher shaving his head, and the principal riding a motorcycle once students reached their Book Fair goal. To top off the Fair, had visits from author Phil Bildner and the director of Monsters vs. Aliens Conrad Vernon. All of these activities and events made Wiley Middle School’s Book Fair come alive with imagination and creativity!
Second-place winners of a $1,000 shopping spree for books are:
Sammy McClure Middle School
At Sammy McClure Middle School, teens and technology were a perfect match at their Wii Love Books Book Fair. Teachers were invited to a Miistery Miingle, where they enjoyed technology themed food and games. The clever food included computer chips and melon carved into the shape of a keyboard. Students created GPS signs throughout the school, and also read booktalks and daily announcements to promote the Fair. Giant iPods with reading lists, massive Wii remotes, CDs hanging from the ceiling, and life-size televisions displaying a Wii menu featuring books decorated the Fair. Crew members also sported creative shirts that said, “Wii Are the Crew.” Students who purchased $25 in books could compete in a Guitar Hero® contest against their peers, and the winner received a chance to battle one of the assistant principals when the Fair reached its goal. “Wii” can’t wait to see what they do for their next Book Fair!
Gahanna Middle School South
Crew members at Gahanna Middle School South transformed their school into the Emerald City for their Book Fair. The Crew decided on the theme because it coincided with their Renaissance and Character Education program. The students made connections between the character traits they studied in class and the Oz characters, as well as with different books at the Fair. Throughout the Book Fair, Crew members wore colorful Crew shirts that said, “If I only had a heart; If I only had a brain; If I only had the courage; and There’s no place like home.” Twelve local restaurants donated food for the Family Night, and Crew members read books to younger children in the Munchkin Land section. As part of a community service effort, the school raised close to $300 for One for Books and used the money to buy books from the Book Fair, which were donated to a children’s hospital. On Friday, the whole student body dressed in Oz costumes, and gathered for an assembly with a motivational speaker. After the assembly, students returned the gym for a rock concert! All of these activities made everyone at Gahanna Middle School want to follow the yellow brick road to their Book Fair!
West Valley City School
West Valley City School had baseball top of mind during their spring Book Fair. Take Me out to the Book Fair was the theme, and Crew members wearing baseball caps acted as recruiters, reading coaches, tour guides, ticket takers, and concessionaries. They even rewrote “Take Me out to the Ball Game” as “Take Me out to the Book Fair”! At an assembly, students watched as the Planter’s Peanut costume was modeled for the One for Books competition, Who Will Be MVP (Most Valuable Peanut)? The teacher who received the most change for One for Books dressed in the costume! Crew members wore sandwich boards to advertise the Fair, and gave families City School infield tickets as they entered the Book Fair, for a chance to win a door prize. Families also brought younger siblings to Little League Readers Dugout, where reading coaches read to them. Hot dogs, lemonade, baseball cookies, and popcorn “baseballs” were also served. West Valley City School’s Fair was a homerun!
Third-place winners of a $500 shopping spree for books are:
Vilonia Middle School
Vilonia Middle School’s spring Book Fair was popping with excitement. They held a Pop in With Your Parents Day at the Book Fair, where students who brought their parents were entered for a chance to win a prize. Popcorn was served, and students and parents had the opportunity to have their photo taken in a giant book. The Be a Pop Star Karaoke Night was also hit. The Crew hosted a pop art contest, where students could use anything pop related (lollipops, PopRocks, popcorn, etc.) to create art. Students who spent $10 or more at the Fair, got to pop a balloon, which was filled with a prize. For $1, students could get their photo taken. All of the proceeds went to One for Books, and were used to purchase books to send with teddy bears to students who were victims of a terrible tornado.
Shepherd Junior High
Books were sweet treats at Shepherd Junior High’s spring 2009 Book Fair. The Student Crew transformed the media center into a life-size Candy Land game board, which ended at the Candy Castle, also known as the Scholastic Book Fair. Crew members dressed as characters from the game to promote the Fair, and for every $5 students spent at the Fair, they were entered into a drawing for a chance to play in the giant Candy Land game. This was big motivation for students to purchase books. Another tie-in to the theme was with One for Books: for every dollar students donated, a gumdrop was added to Gumdrop Mountain. This was Shepherd’s sweetest Book Fair ever!
Graves County Middle School
During Graves County Middle School’s spring Book Fair, the Crew wanted to stress that everyone needs a hero—and that heroes can be found in and out of books. The Crew wanted to honor local heroes, such as police, soldiers, and firefighters. Little did the Crew know that an ice storm, one of the worst in the state’s history, would hit around the time of the Book Fair. During this time, students saw how important local heroes were. Volunteers and family members became heroes, even if it just meant offering a warm meal. At the Book Fair, the decorating committee transformed the library into Graves City, complete with flying superheroes. Students also wrote who their personal hero was. To promote the theme even more, Crew members planned a contest called “Unmask the Superhero” where students identified pictures of teachers wearing superhero masks. More than 200 parents and community members also attended a Family and Friends Night at the Book Fair!
East Valley Middle School
Stuffed horses, bandannas, branding irons, and rocking horses filled East Valley Middle School’s library during their Wild, Wild West Book Fair, transforming it into an old Western town. Students wore western attire for Western Wednesday and if they wore costumes, they were able to get their photos taken for $5. Crew members placed wanted posters throughout the school to advertise the Fair, and to increase excitement about the Book Fair, several contests were held, including Name These Bandit Books and Homeroom Door Decorating. A special Book Fair branding mark was also placed throughout the school. A professional rodeo clown also entertained students during an assembly filled with a dance competition, rolling in barrels, and more!