Union Elementary School hosts book fair

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland Union Elementary had a Scholastic book fair at their school from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Classes visited the book fair, set on the stage of the gymnasium, throughout the week.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Union Elementary also had a Grandparent's Day on Feb. 1 to coincide with the book fair. The students invited their grandparents to accompany them to the school for crafts, photos and the book fair.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The PTO of Union Elementary operated and organized the book fair. THe funds raised by the fair went back to the school. Pictured are, from left, PTO members Liz Vilicka, the chair for the event, and Jen Stabi.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Scholastic Book Fair had more than just books for students to purchase. The organization offered some educational toys, bookmarks, pencils and other items as well.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Union Elementary's Grandparents Night included a visit from New Lease on Life, an animal rescue in Struthers. The rescue brought dogs, cats and rabbits for the families to pet.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Union Elementary had a week dedicated for their Scholastic Book Fair from Jan. 29 until Feb. 2.

Classes had a chance to peruse the products and buy the merchandise throughout the day. The school also hosted a Grandparents Night on Feb. 1 for the book fair.

The funds raised through the book fair will go back to the school. Scholastic will also give the school a chance to purchase books at a discounted price with the money raised.

The school’s PTO organized the event on the school’s stage. PTO members Liz Vilicka, the chair for the book fair, and Jen Stabi set up the books and other items on the stage.

The parents received help from other PTO members throughout the day as the classes visited the fair. In all, 45 PTO volunteers helped Vilicka and Stabi make the book fair a success.

The PTO placed the books in different sections. These sections included picture books, easy reading, chapter books, middle grade books, graphic novels, preschooler books and a creative section. The books in the creative section taught children how to make crafts and other items, such as homemade bath bombs.

Scholastic offered a number of different books, such as ones based around pop culture franchises like “Star Wars” and the Lego movies. They had classic children’s novels such as Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time“ and Louis Sachar’s “Holes.“ Students could also add to their series collections, such as books from R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” and Nick Bruel’s “Bad Kitty“ series.

Along with books, the fair also offered miscellaneous items. These items included bookmarks, handheld maze toys and pencils.

The Grandparents Night took place on Thursday during the week. The school pulled back the divider between the stage and gymnasium, so the students and their grandparents could move freely between activities in the gym and the book fair on the stage.

The activities at the Grandparents Night included a photo station with props, a craft table and a snack table. New Lease on Life, an animal rescue in Struthers, brought cats, rabbits and dogs for the families to play with and pet.

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