Special Person’s Day Makes Everyone Feel Special

By Megan Kwitkin, Book Fair Chairperson at Frank Antonides and Betty McElron Elementary Schools in West Long Branch, NJ
 
Special Person's DayI wanted to share with you our Special Person's Day idea. Special Person's Day is once a year and we do it during our spring book fair. It's a day where students are allowed to have one person come in to spend time with them for about 60-90 minutes.
 
They share what goes on in the classroom, along with a chance to shop at the book fair. We make sure grades and times are staggered to accommodate for crowds.
 
This past spring, our fair was coordinated with Read Across America Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. We also tried to incorporate the spring theme of camping that Scholastic had going. 
 
The grades involved were Pre-K to 4th grade, which includes approximately 300 students. Each class did something different. For instance, the kids in Pre-K did a craft with their special person.
 
There was much excitement and students were very happy to have their special person there. I also heard some statements such as, “How much money did you bring?”
 
I have been book fair chair for one year, and my tip for other organizers would be to plan for the large crowd. Be sure to have three registers working, and make sure you are well stocked with inventory and volunteers.