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Book Fair Carnival Huge Success!

Students enjoy the carnival atmosphere at the Book Fair

Shiloh Elementary recently held a “Carnival” themed book fair for students and their parents. It turned out to be a great success! Excitement began building when posters were displayed in the hallways and students read about the “games” to be played! The “big top” door decorations and coloring contests for the younger students added to the excitement! Students previewed the book fair with their classes three days before the book fair officially opened in order to choose a favorite book or two and become familiar with the carnival games. They all left the preview excited about the theme and the selection of books available for them.

The week before the fair, students competed for a prize of a free paperback book from the fair by estimating how many “lollipops” were in a jar at the circulation desk. Winners were Kayla Hernandez (Mr. Ottaway’s class), Isiah Hall (Mr. Snyder’s class), and Kelly Jeffcoat ( Mrs. Savill’s class). Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade competed in a coloring contest for free paperback books.

In addition to the contest winners, many of the carnival games had prizes of free paperback books from the book fair students. Children enjoyed games like “The Duck Pond”, “Ring Toss”, “Ball Toss”, “Pick-a-Pop”, and “Balloon Pop.” Over $500.00 worth of books went to many lucky boys and girls as a result of the games!

Thirty-eight students had grandparents visiting the book fair during Grandparent Day, and Brendan Barrows and his teacher, Ms. Davis, both were awarded a free hardcover book as a result of a drawing from entries associated with that celebration.

Teachers were able to preview the fair and browse while enjoying refreshments provided by our supportive PTA. They were then able to choose favorites for their “Classroom Wish List.” Parents responded in typical “Shiloh Parent” style by granting $376.97 worth of wishes for our classrooms! What a great way to say, “Thanks for all you do!” to our teachers.

Also in typical “Shiloh Parent” style, several mothers generously gave of their time by helping to run the book fair and providing delicious snacks for the Teacher Preview. Because of our sales, we were able to raise money needed for new books for next school year for our media center. We at Shiloh are very appreciative of everyone’s helpfulness and participation in making this a worthwhile event. Thank you, parents and students; you’re the best!

Written by: Pam Cook
Posted: May 19, 2011 by Mark Greene

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