Southeast Elementary School in Sycamore was recently awarded second place in the National Elementary School Contest for its spring 2018 book fair, "Paws for Books: Come. Stay. Read a Great Tale."
This is a great achievement for Michele Whisenhunt and her book fair committee. Only four schools throughout the United States are awarded this honor. As a result, Southeast received 1,000 Scholastic Dollars to be redeemed through the Scholastic catalog or at the Scholastic warehouse.
The criteria for each school submission was originality and creativity as well as the quantity and effectiveness of ideas and activities executed by the book fair committee to attract and increase student, parent, grandparent, faculty and community interest in the book fair, books and reading.
The Southeast Paws for Books book fair found fifth-grade students writing and acting in a pre-fair video, a family event that featured a local food truck, a demonstration of a K-9 police officer, veterinarian demonstrations, a visit from Victor E. Huskie, raffle prizes and a donation space for Tails Humane Society.
The “Grand” event was an opportunity for students to invite someone “grand” to accompany them to the book fair for a light breakfast, coffee and juice as well as a raffle of fun “grand” prizes. The last family event of the book fair was Young Author Night complete with a scavenger hunt, crafts and face painting.