A Wonderful Week at the Fair

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 27th, 2015 28 Replies

Last week was the Scholastic Book Fair at Amara’s school. This year the theme was Monsters! I was just in awe of the ideas the Book Fair Chairman came up with and the execution by the team was even more amazing! Lots of meeting and lots of work was done in advance. The signs were everywhere.

The Book Fair would officially open on Tuesday. We spent Monday morning setting everything up. The Library Media Center was transformed. The Book Fair Chairman had created a Monster coloring contest for the students and all of the art had been pinned to the wall. It looked amazing and parents and students would have fun trying to find their art. She and another volunteer had also created these amazing Coin Monsters. The idea was you could feed the Coin Monster your change and take a free pencil. The change would go to buy new books for the Library. Jenna had all the volunteers going “num num num” every time someone fed the Monsters.

That afternoon the PTA hosted a Teachers Preview. In keeping with the monster them volunteers pitched in to create a Monstrous buffet. I had an absolute blast making Monster sandwiches and a Monster Melon! I have finally gone over to the Dark Side and I spend way to much time on Pinterest but they both turned out so cute! I loved my Monster Melon. The teachers were also served a monster cheese ball, brain and monster cupcakes, chocolate covered monster strawberries, a veggie Monster and so much more. Not to mention the Drink Table complete with Monster Brew Punch and 2 kinds of Monster Mocktails with floating eyeballs! The mom in charge of Teachers Preview decorated the table so cute including some Monster Cookies that her sister had made for the event. The teachers had a wonderful time gathering books to purchase and to add to their wish lists while nibbling and sipping our monstrous refreshments. It was a huge success!

I loved getting a chance to be one of the volunteers. I have so much fun spending time with Jenna and the other Moms. I also love being in the Library Media Center when Amara is done with her day. Twice that week she came in after Cross Country was over – all hot from running. She looked so cute and so athletic. Being there meant Grandma got extra kisses on the cheek – no hugs, as we were both to hot! Amara is really enjoying Cross Country. I am so proud of her.

The Book Fair runs the week of the Back to School Nights. Now that Amara’s school is K-8 they have to split it up and run it over 2 evenings. I worked one of the registers for the upper grade Back to School night. My plan had been to go back the next night for the lower grade Back to School night dressed as the Book Fair-ie, more to have fun than to work. However, I couldn’t get a parking place within a mile and since I wasn’t actually working, I decided to take the night off and just go home! I had been there that day as the Book Fair-ie and I admit I was exhausted!

Donuts for Dads was another first for our Book Fair and we had no idea what to expect. It was Friday morning before school and would culminate the Book Fair. When it was over, we would start tearing everything down. The turnout was overwhelming! There were 6 dozen donuts and there were only three donuts leftover! It was so great to see so many Dads at school and to have them be the ones buying books! We were crazy busy! This is definitely an idea that will be done again!

Justin and Amara at Donuts with Dad

A month or so before the Book Fair I had decided that I wanted to be the Book Fair-ie again. The students love it, especially the lower grades. I also decided that if I wanted to do it I needed a better costume! The wings I had from last year were wonderful but the costume was very cheap and I was afraid if I washed it that it would just fall apart. You could almost see through it too which meant I had to wear clothes underneath so it was very warm! So I set about to sew! I used to love to sew and I used to do it all the time but about 8 years or so ago I just lost interest. Making this costume did not bring that interest back! I joked with Jenna when I was done that the sewing machine had been put away and probably won’t come out again for another 8 years. Sewing wasn’t fun but being the Book Fair-ie certainly was.

I will tell you more about that next!

28 thoughts on “A Wonderful Week at the Fair

  1. Debra

    This book fair looks more fun then the ones I went to with my kids. It seemed so warm and inviting!
    Cross country was a sport both of my kids participated in. My son used this to get in condition for wrestling. One year he did football instead. That was the only year!
    I am looking forward to seeing an image of you in your Fair-ie costume!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The Book Fair really was a lot of fun for everyone. Amara goes to a great school with some wonderful volunteers. Great teachers, too. I love that some of them are pitching in to do after school activities — such as Cross Country! We have our fingers crossed that they will add an after school music program for the upper graders, too! Hope you enjoy the next post!

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    What can one say when you read about such dedicated volunteers encouraging children to read. I’m in awe of you all. :-) I remember going to the book fairs with my daughter and I remember buying boxes of books on Amazon and Ebay for my grands – good memories.You and Amara’s school are role models to other grandparents and educational institutions. You rock!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you! Each time I volunteer for something I get to meet someone new who wants to help the kids. Our new Principal is really pleased and impressed with everything we do! Just makes you want to do more.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is fun to do some of the things I didn’t get to do with Jenna when she was young — and now we get to do them together! I am pretty lucky.

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  3. Sandy

    What a busy week you’ve had!! So happy to hear you had so many hard working volunteers helping make the book fair a huge success! I loved seeing the pictures of all the creative monster goodies to eat! The Donuts for Dads was a very cool idea! It must have been a big hit to go though 10 dozen donuts!!

    It’s so great that you are involved in Amara’s school activities. I know she is very proud of you, and the kids sure love it! By the way, we’d all love to see some pictures of the Book Fair-ie! :)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It was a very busy week but it was definitely a success! Now you know why you didn’t get much email! I did another post today all about being a Book Fair-ie!

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  4. Launna

    Kc.. this is so awesome… I love how dedicated your school is to all these great activities… By the way I used to LOVE to sew too… I wouldn’t sew now either, I lost the desire too ?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It really was awesome! I just wish we could get more people involved! We did have some new volunteers but it would be nice to see more. They just don’t know how much fun they are missing.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The Monster Melon is a combination of a couple that I found on Pinterest. I just kind of faked it! Wasn’t sure how much fruit to get but it all worked out. I will warn everyone of one thing — that Monster Melon is very heavy! We had to put it on a heavy plate to hold all the weight so it was extra heavy! But worth it!

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  5. Grampy

    Great Job!!! I want to look at this with you tonight when I’m home and have time to enjoy it. Love the picture of Amara – but of course, when do I not?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad that Justin got well and was able to go with her on Friday morning. She would have been really disappointed if he had still been sick. They are so cute together!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Not only did we have a lot of fun I think we made our goal! We won’t know until the reconciliation comes back but we sure sold a lot of books! And those Monsters eat a lot of change! Over $200 for the Librarian to spend on the library!

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  6. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    When I first began reading, I thought for sure you’d share a photo of you as a MONSTER Book Fair-ie! :-D

    Those snacks look amazing… and scary… and yummy. Love the monster strawberries (and so would my grandsons!).

    Congratulations to Jenna and you and ALL on yet another fantastic event in support of Amara and her school and classmates. Such inspirations you all are!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Because we were doing the awesome Monster theme I almost didn’t finish my new costume — I almost didn’t go as the Book Fair-ie. But the moms encouraged me to do it anyway and I am so glad I did! I think I will always be the Book Fair-ie.

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  7. KImberly

    Most of the books in constant use in my class were courtesy of the Book Fair. I’ve yet to be treated to a Monster Meal though. How great. Amara’s school and Jenna’s work there remind me of my children’s school and me. It seemed I lived there. Where I teach, so many parents work during school hours, that while we have volunteers, we don’t have as many special things during the day. I can’t recall how very many dishes I fixed for teachers.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I must say our teachers do appreciate that we give them the royal treatment. They all have friends that teach at other schools – they know! I’m glad to be part of it all because they do deserve it.

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  8. Joyce

    WOW! That school grabs such great ideas and then KILLS them in detail and fun! There was no escape from the book fair! It was everywhere and didn’t exclude anyone! I love all the attention to detail – the kids’ art following the theme and the pencil dispenser! So clever! I just adore including the dads the way they did! And of course, the lovely “fair-ie” that added a delicate, feminine touch that the little ones just “ate right up!” (along with the daddies at that donut counter!) Another job well done, grandma Kc – you are our role model!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The entire Book Fair was so much fun! I think pinning up the artwork was a brilliant idea – the kids had so much fun dragging one another around to look at what they’d done! Plus the parents loved it. You’re right, it was all the little details that made it perfect — right down to the little bottles of hand sanitizer that were covered in blue masking tape and had googly eyes! They were perfect! It sure was a fun week.

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  9. April

    Wow! So impressed with the school and the dedicated volunteers who obviously put a lot of thought and work into this event! Looks like it was definitely a success. Reading is so important and what a wonderful way to encourage kids to read. What wonderful memories for Amara too. Congratulations on another job well done Grandma Kc! So proud of you!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It really is a great school and the volunteers are awesome — I wish there were more of them as it sometimes seems like the same people do all the work — but I am glad to be part of it all.

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