When I told some of my Grandma friends that I was volunteering at the Dollar Book Fair and that the volunteers were all going to dress up my friend Grandma J came up with a brilliant idea. I should go as The Book Fair-ie! She suggested I sprinkle glitter over the students when they purchased a book but we both decided that could get messy and glitter is expensive. So I waved my wand instead!
The theme for the Book Fair was “What is your Super Power” and all of the books were one dollar! Most of the volunteers dressed up as their favorite Super Hero and everyone had a great time. Jenna was the Super Reader and if you knew my daughter, you would know how true that is.
It was so fun to watch students get stacks of books! One Mom even told us that her house had recently burned down and she loved the she could replace 18 books for $18. There wasn’t even any tax! This made it so easy for the kids, too. With the regular book fairs, the volunteers spend a lot of time helping the students count their money and then find a book that they can afford to buy. This was so simple! They would come in with their teacher and their dollar bills held tightly in their fists.
The students loved my Book Fair-ie costume, especially my wings and my wand. A few little girls may have even borrowed my wand once or twice! It had tulle on it and they loved that! On Friday, Jenna asked me to go to some of the different classrooms to deliver Book Bucks to the teachers. This was definitely the best part! Parents and students had purchased Book Bucks for the teachers so that they could purchase books for the classroom. I went to each class and knocked before entering. As I opened the door and went in their eyes got very big and so did their smiles. I explained that, “I am the Book Fair-ie and I am here to deliver books to your teacher.” The teachers all played right along and I now know how it would feel to dress up as Santa! It was magical. As I left I waved my wand and told them all to be sure to read and to come visit the Book Fair. It may have been the most fun I’ve ever had volunteering. My face hurt from smiling!
I love volunteering at Amara’s school! It gets me lots of extra hugs from Amara and from many of her friends, too. Plus I get to hang out with Jenna and some really cool PTA Moms (and Dads!). Hanging out with these young people is helping me to stay younger!