Warehouse Sales Help Educators Meet Student Needs Easily, Affordably
Word of an upcoming Scholastic Book Fairs Customer Appreciation Warehouse Sale creates a buzz among savvy teachers, librarians, counselors, and administrators who recognize the event provides a chance to stock up on books and a host of other quality children’s products at deep discounts, often while using Scholastic Dollars earned at Book Fairs.
“That is the best day of the entire year. It’s so exciting,” raves school counseling specialist Kathy Solomon of the Omaha, Neb., Public School system. “I love the look, the smell, the atmosphere.”
Kathy and her fellow counselors use books for bibliotherapy, which uses stories students can relate to in order to help them through different challenges such as grief, bullying, or major transitions. “The warehouses have all the topics. The elementary counselors are trying to use the books to increase literacy skills, so it’s a dual purpose,” Kathy explains.
Armed with a budget of between $800 and $900, courtesy of a public-private partnership with Building Bright Futures, Kathy arrives “ready to rock and roll with the cart,” she says. Volunteers and staff members greet her at the entrance, ready to walk her to products of interest and even going so far as to loading books in her trunk after checkout. “They go out of their way,” Kathy boasts.
The warehouse sales help Eileen McNeil – the teen and youth services manager for the Grandview Heights, Ohio, Public Library – stock up in preparation for her summer reading club. Recently, the local Friends of the Library have held Book Fairs at Eileen’s library, earning profits in the form of Scholastic dollars that Eileen can maximize at the sale.
Eileen provides the books and some toys as prizes to children for every four hours of summer reading completed. Students choose a prize from a treasure chest filled mostly with products bought at the warehouse sale. “It equals hundreds of dollars of books that we can give away,” Eileen shares. “We can give those away to kids in our community, and that’s a cool thing for them.”
Taking advantage of discounts is especially important for gifted program coordinator and teacher Tracy Alley, who stocks her classroom library using her own money. Tracy, who works with the Madeira City School District in Ohio, is a warehouse sale veteran.
“Over the past eight years, I have attended all the sales to stock my classroom library shelves with quality literature so the kids can read it during downtime or recess or can check out books to take home,” says Tracy.
Tracy is grateful for the discounts and organization at the sales. “I had the easiest time finding books for all of the different grade levels I teach. Everything was organized by ages, which made my shopping easier and helped extend my budget,” Tracy recalls of her December visit to the West Chester, Ohio, warehouse, where she also took advantage of well-displayed staff book picks.
The sales help Tracy stock her classroom to supplement units such as Greek mythology. During a recent language arts unit on puns, the warehouse sale allowed Tracy to equip all her students with a copy of David Lubar’s book Punished!
“If it wasn’t for the Scholastic warehouse sale, my students wouldn’t be able to have their own copies,” admits Tracy, whose school budget has suffered with the economic downturn. “Because I use personal funds, it’s vital to make the most of my money.”
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