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Posted October 2, 2014

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APS Hosts Book Fair at City Centre on Oct. 16-17 & 20-21

Proceeds will go to support summer learning programs.

Enter the “Kingdom of Books” at the second annual district-wide book fair Oct. 16-17 and 20-21 at City Centre, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE. 

The book fair, hosted by APS Curriculum and Instruction and the APS Education Foundation, will be held in the 101 west conference room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“Our goal is for parents and grandparents to come and buy for the kids, while supporting the summer learning attendance incentive,” said Carla Cano, elementary school instructional program manager. 

As part of the theme “Sir Readalot’s Castle,” the event will be a medieval fair complete with renaissance hats, head wreaths and suits of armor, Cano added.

The Scholastic books available for purchase are for school-age readers and can be distributed to schools in time for winter break. In addition to the children’s reads, adults can choose from a variety of cookbooks, planning books and best sellers. Cash and credit cards will be accepted; no checks please.

All proceeds from the fair go to supplement the K-5 Summer Learning Adventure, a 25-day program that seeks to raise students’ reading comprehension and math fluency.

Money raised will go specifically to the attendance incentive to provide students with perfect attendance for the week a book of their choice. Those who have perfect attendance during the entire program also receive a special book, such as a sticker book, pop-up book or mini-science kit.

With funds from last year’s book fair, the program increased attendance to nearly 6,000 students, with 95 percent having perfect attendance. Next year’s Summer Learning Adventure will be held June 17 to July 23 and at schools on an alternative calendar from June 3-July 9.

 

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