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The annual Scholastic Book Fair ended on a very positive, record-breaking note! Our strong sales will result in a profit of almost $2,000 which will be used exclusively to add to our school library collection. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our families, who continue to encourage a love of reading. Thank you to those families who purchased books from the teacher wish lists, enhancing their classroom libraries as well.

We’d also like to thank our volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help make the book fair such a success. From setting up, working the cash register, helping students find books, breaking down the book fair and more, each person made a difference: Jodi Weil, Mike Bullock, Sarah House, Rachel Brodsky, Rachel Morgenthal, Kellie Kelleher, Sylvia Jaffa, Marissa Kempner, Yakov Feig, Jay Kaplan, Chris Hernandez, Debra Setzer, LeeAnn Cinnamon, Rachel Sullivan, Dan Sullivan, Sandy Shapiro, Howard Wolpoff, Tmima Neihaus, Elena Shumilova, and Simon Schuster. A special thank you to our anonymous middle school students who dressed up as Clifford the Big Red Dog!

The biggest shout-out, however, goes to Melanie Setzer and Kim Millrood, who went above and beyond planning, organizing and running the book fair. The fair's success is a direct result of their dedication and effort.

The winner for the “Guess the Gelt” contest was Itamar O. in 3rd grade. Enjoy using your gelt to play dreidel this Hanukkah!

We are so grateful to all who visited and shopped the book fair and wish you happy reading!

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What do you get when two incredible volunteers take charge of our annual Scholastic Book Fair? A super successful fundraising event right before Hanukkah! Melanie Setzer and Kim Millrood thoughtfully and creatively planned the entire event and together with many parent volunteers set up, ran, and then packed up the fair. The success of this fair showed once again how important reading is to our community. Because of our families’ generosity, our sales totalled over $3,200.00. Our profit from the book fair is 50% in Scholastic books.

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So thank you for helping us reach our goal of selling books and reaffirming the importance of reading. It was wonderful to see so many students and their families excited about the book fair. The Scholastic Book Fair is the way we are able to raise money for our library and help put new books in our students' hands.

I would like to give a special thanks to Melanie and Kim, who advertised the fair, recruited volunteers, restored a well-used prize wheel, miraculously found a pirate treasure box filled with gold gelt, and spent at least two hours daily running the fair. A special thanks also to Clifford, the Big Red Dog, who visited our fair -- aka Amanda Watsky, George S., and Samantha L. And a big shout-out to our parent volunteers from both the day school and the preschool:

Rachael Bunnell
Bert Ducali
Yakov Feig
Jeff Golden
Steven Gross
Renee Haire
Leora Holzer
Marissa Kempner
Whitney Kuvin
Diana Millman
Tmima Neihaus
Simon Schuster
Elena Shumilova
Emily Spector
Rachel Sullivan
Amanda Watsky
Jodi Weil

Thank you again for making our book fair a success.

Please see below for a selection of books added to our collection from the profits of the October 2014 Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you for you support getting new books into the hands of our students.

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It was a busy and successful week at the MJGDS library. Thanks to the support of MJGDS families and friends, we are now able to put new books into the hands of our students. None of this would have been possible without the support of our incredible parent volunteers led by Staci Scharf. Thank you!

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