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Pine Bluffs Elementary school was one of many schools to host the Scholastic Book Fair Event. To bring more awareness to the community, the school had a Community Event on Thursday, Oct. 30.

After walking over a man-made moat, the library opened up into a castle-themed book store including snacks, posters, pens, pencils and, of course, lots and lots of books.

Pine Bluffs Elementary School Librarian, Deb Leininger, said the proceeds of the Book Fair go towards the Reading Counts Program and Classroom Wish List Program. Scholastic will match 100 percent of the proceeds and provide books for Kids in Distressed Situations.

A giant stuffed dog was being raffled off to bring in more money. The winner of the dog was announced Tuesday, Nov. 4 during the elementary's award assembly.

Leininger said she enjoys the Book Fair because of the decorations and also because it's exciting for the kids. Leininger said the Book Fair helps put books in kids' hands and encourages them to read more. She also said the new “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney was available, which kids were very excited about.

Heather Becerra, of Pine Bluffs, said she's a mother of a kindergartener and third-grader. She said she enjoys the Book Fair because reading is very important and she wants to do whatever she can to support the library. Her son, Tomas, a kindergardener, picked out two books including “Dolphin Tales 2.” He was able to get his books with a $10 certificate he won.

Becerra said Partners in Education donated $10 to the Book Fair for each student who was awarded Student of the Quarter. Tomas was one of those students.

Students who reached their reading goals were also awarded with a certificate from the Reading Counts Program.

The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers and other great books from more than 100 publishers.

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