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Book Fair December 7-11, 2009

December 3, 2009

Click to download donation form to donate money to help children in need take home a new book.

The annual Book Fair at the George Watts Media Center is an exciting, colorful, book lovers’ feast. For one full week – December 7-11 – the school’s Media Center is jam-packed with hundreds of books for sale, fiction and non-fiction, on all sorts of subjects, in every price range.

Book Fair hours:

  • Monday: 9:15am – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday – Friday: 845am – 6:00pm
  • Note that Wednesday is an EARLY RELEASE DAY.  Kids get out at 1:30, but the BOOK FAIR WILL STILL BE OPEN TIL 6:00pm!

Here’s how parents can be a great help:

  • Help set up the fair after school on Friday December 4. This is when all the temporary shelves, displays, and many boxes of books need to be unloaded, arranged, etc.  Many hands make light work…
  • Donate a few dollars for a child in need at George Watts to buy a book. To do this, download a donation form (a blank gift certificate). Print it out and return it with your donation (make checks payable to “George Watts PTA”) in your child’s folder, or bring it to Mrs. Ham if you go to the Book Fair yourself. (Donation forms are also available at the Book Fair and on the PTA bulletin board by the carpool entrance to the school.) We hope that through our donations, we can ensure that students in every classroom all have the same opportunities to take home a new book at their reading level.  Says one George Watts teacher: “Every year I worry about my kids who can’t afford a book at the book fair. There are usually a few $1 books, but it would be nice for them to have a choice of books. It would be great to have a donation pot for kids who don’t have money for books. On the last day of the book fair, teachers could send those kids who didn’t get one to the book fair to get a $1 to $3 book from the fair.” Working together, we hope to put “a book in every bookbag!” Last year, at the 2008 Book Fair, we collected $509 in donations to meet the needs of 79 students who had not been able to purchase a book at the Book Fair.
  • Volunteer Dec 7-11 with sales and helping children select items. You can email Mrs. Ham (, call her at the school (560-3947) or just drop by the Media Center to talk to her. The Book Fair runs every day and she could use an extra pair of hands almost any time.  She’ll especially need help on Tuesday afternoon – December 8.
  • Purchase a book as a gift for your child’s class or another class. Each teacher makes a wish list, which Mrs. Ham will have posted at the Fair.
  • Shop at the Book Fair! Books make great gifts, and the Fair has so much to choose from!  There is sure to be something to please every child. Parents are welcome to come with their child during his/her scheduled time to purchase or any time during the day Monday (9:15am-7:30pm) or Tuesday through Friday (8:45am to 6:00pm).

When you buy a book at the Book Fair, you’re contributing to the school’s main source of funds for maintaining and improving our library. Books don’t last forever – kids lose them, dogs chew on them, pages get ripped and scribbled on, or (a book’s best hope) they simply get dated. The Media Center needs money to keep more books coming to the shelves and to try to stay up to date with technology.  Last year, as part of the profit from sales, Mrs. Ham pulled $1046 worth of hard cover books from the book fair shelves for our Media Center. Plus the school received an additional $1081 to purchase additional books for our school’s collection!

However you can help with the Book Fair is very much appreciated. Thank you!

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 28, 2009 11:15 am

    It’s great to see a donation component to the book fair. Often teachers try to make up for the difference and this is great way for the community to get involved. It may be worthwhile to consider the Adopt-A-Classroom nonprofit program which helps teachers raise money to buy books and classroom materials. Anyone in the community can adopt a classroom and 100% of the donation will go to the teacher’s classroom and it’s also tax deductible. To adopt a school or a classroom in Durham, they are listed at

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