Fall Book Fair Earns $4,300 for Schools

The 2011 Fall Book Fair, held recently at Johnson-Williams Middle School, was a tremendous success. According to Andy Kiser, the J-WMS Librarian, the students really enjoyed the variety of books, posters, and other knick-knacks available for sale. Several parents also took advantage of the Family Nights, when the Book Fair stayed open until 8PM, to pick up books for their kids…and a few for themselves, too.

From left, Dr. Murphy, Caile Broy, Mr. Kiser, Camryn Shendow, and Mikayla Hardesty show off their hard work. – Photo by Callie Hawkins.

Sales this year were higher than Mr. Kiser expected, topping $4,300. Working with Scholastic Book Fairs, this enabled J-WMS to eaern a voucher for $2,500 in free books and resources from Scholastic, Inc.

An added component this year was the effort to raise funds for new books to benefit a middle school in North Carolina. Pamlico County Middle School was flooded by Hurricane Irene, and – thanks to the generosity of the J-WMS school community, about 25 new books (with a value of $490) were shipped to PCMS, and a voucher of $400 was set up online for the PCMS librarian to order additional books to replace the 900+ titles lost in the storm flood. The balance will be used to enhance the J-WMS Library’s program.

Dr. Michael Murphy, superintendent, works with J-WMS students (from left) Caile Broy, Mikayla Hardesty, and Camryn Shendow as they assist Mr. Kiser with prepping the new, donated books for shipment to Pamlico County Middle School. – Photo by J-WMS student Callie Hawkins

Mr. Kiser very pleased with the response. “Even in this tough economy, the students and families here at J-WMS proved that they really do support their school and its efforts. We always encourage the kids to look beyond themselves and do some good in their community, and they really stepped up with this and enabled us to offer a small but greatly appreciated bit of support to a school – and a community – still getting back on its feet.”

Plans are in the works to hold a Spring Book Fair sometime in mid-April.