Hilltop book fair celebrates Wild Wild West

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Dave Zebrovious of Circle Z Bar Ranch in Fredonia, Pa., helped a Hilltop Elementary School student swing a lasso at the school’s annual K.I.S.S. event on March 8, which kicked off the school’s annual Wild Wild West themed book fair.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade student Abrianna Makara invited her mom, Trisha, to the school’s K.I.S.S. event, which kicked off the school’s annual Wild Wild West themed book fair.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Hilltop Elementary School first-grade student tried her hand at lassoing a cow dummy at the school’s annual K.I.S.S. event on March 8, which kicked off the school’s annual Wild Wild West themed book fair.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Students at Hilltop Elementary School kicked off the school’s annual book fair with a K.I.S.S. event on March 8.

Students could invite someone special to the event where they were transported back in time to the Wild Wild West, which was the theme of the book fair. The library was decorated with wanted posters featuring faculty and staff with ‘western’ names, cowboy hats, cacti, bales of hay, a scarecrow, bandanas and a general store, schoolhouse and jail.

Entertainment at the K.I.S.S. event was provided by Dave Zebrovious of Circle Z Bar Ranch in Fredonia, Pa. Zebrovious and his student Bella Corcoran demonstrated lasso roping for students and their someone special. Zebrovious and Corcoran also instructed attendees how to lasso the cow dummies and several students tried their hand at lassoing.

The students also attended the book fair during their scheduled library times the week of March 12-16. The students visited the book fair the week before they were scheduled to shop so they could browse and create a wish list of books they wanted to buy.

The book fair was organized by Patti Hockensmith, Hilltop Elementary School and C.H. Campbell Elementary School librarian/media specialist.

A variety of books of all reading levels were available for the children to choose from, including chapter books, picture books, reference books, cookbooks, bestsellers, science and creative fun.

Parents and grandparents could also attend on the days of the book fair to help the students shop. The book fair also offered adult bestsellers for parents and grandparents to browse as they attended the fair. Students could purchase posters, bookmarks, pencils, novelty erasers, journals, stickers, coin purses and more.

Each teacher was able to select books they would like for their classroom, and students were able to purchase the books for the classroom.

Members of the school’s PTO helped set up the book fair, operated the checkout during the fair and K.I.S.S. event and were also available to help the children pick out books.

Hockensmith stated proceeds from the book fair are used to buy books and other items for the library.

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