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!
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.