Book fair raises money for good cause

Updated: 12/07/2013 10:54 PM | Created: 12/07/2013 10:52 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Albuquerque Public School District says they want to “revolutionize” how they do summer school.

One part of it is providing an incentive for students to actually go to class.

This makes one book fair very important.

In a small room at APS headquarters, adventure awaits on every shelf.

“It makes you think and you get to picture things in your head,” student Breanna Vigil said.

Vigil could not be happier to spend her Saturday morning letting her imagination take flight.

“They go on missions to find these goblins from ...The goblins master is name is Jack Frost and he always causes trouble,” Vigil said.

Money raised at this Scholastic Book Fair will go toward a new district-wide initiative.

The initiative will help buy books to then give to APS students in K through 8th grade in summer school.

The district calls it an incentive to give students a brand new, book for free every Friday as long as they attend.

The plan worked this past summer.

“We ended up with a 95% attendance rate in summer school, elementary school last year because of this,” said Jami Jacobson of APS. ”But finding those books to give out as we grow the program has been difficult.”

And the need is there.

Jacobson says that the number of students attending summer school grew last year.

The numbers included: 6,500 high school students, 1,900 middle school students and almost 1,000 elementary school students.

Jacobson says to keep in mind that many of those kids do not have a single book at home.

“We are in summer school for five weeks. So over the course of summer school they can stock a little library for their home,” Jacobson said.

So, when considering gifts this holiday season, consider giving to a cause worthy of our future.

“It has a lot of books in it. It's really fun,” Vigil said.

The book fair will open again on Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at APS headquarters.

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