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Union Ridge Elementary School’s Book Fair is largest in Pacific Northwest

This year, sales reached $13,000 in just one week

RIDGEFIELD — The Scholastic Book Fair at Union Ridge Elementary School might look a lot like other book fairs. But thanks to parent involvement, it has been the top-selling book fair in the Pacific Northwest for the last few years. This year, sales reached $13,000 in just one week.

The entrance to Union Ridge Elementary's Book Fair is enchanting. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools
The entrance to Union Ridge Elementary’s Book Fair is enchanting. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools

Scholastic Book Fairs get books in the hands of children, with parents buying books for kids. But the Scholastic Dollars program also gives schools credits based on how much the school sells. Those credits can be used to purchase books for libraries, classrooms, and other school use. For Union Ridge, that translates into thousands of dollars in books at no cost to the school.

PTO volunteer Amber Hughes takes a week off from work each year to plan and manage the book fair. She handles the ordering, the setup, the parent volunteer list, and more. Her experience gets amazing results.

“It helps that we are centrally located to the warehouse so we can restock easily,” she said. “And we make sure to stage the book fair the week of Thanksgiving Feast, so parents can come buy books with their kids.”

Union Ridge Elementary School's Book Fair offers a wide range of books for each age range as well as posters and other fun items. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools
Union Ridge Elementary School’s Book Fair offers a wide range of books for each age range as well as posters and other fun items. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools

In addition, each student has multiple opportunities to attend the fair. “Every kid gets to walk through the Book Fair once with their class. And we make the book fair available during recess, lunch, and before and after school as well.”

This year, the school earned $6,000 in Scholastic Dollars. The dollars have already purchased $3,000 in classroom books, $2,000 in library books, and another $500 in books for underprivileged students. By donating their time, PTO volunteers are helping hundreds of kids learn the joy of reading.

Information courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools.

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