Holiday Book Fair to benefit elementary students

Jen Alexander ’88 writes:

If you’re looking for children’s books and educational toys for the kids on your shopping list, come on down to the Holiday Book Fair at Macdonough School. Your purchase will also be paying for field trips for Macdonough School students. Our goal is to raise enough money pay for one field trip per child.

As a Macdonough parent, I was thrilled when the PTA decided to abandon the traditional fundraising methods this year—no catalogs of gift wrap, no cookie dough order forms. We voted against sending our kids out to selling door-to-door or pressuring friends and family to buy stuff they didn’t want or need. But that means that this Book Fair is our main fundraiser this year.

We know that three-fourths of our families at Macdonough fall into the lowest-income category of qualifying for free or reduced lunch for their kids—and our school typically lags behind the other Middletown elementary schools in raising funds for the extras that a PTA can provide. I’m hoping that the community will help us reach our goal!

The Book Fair has hardcovers and softcovers in all price ranges, for preschoolers up to middle school age. We’ve also got stocking stuffers like fuzzy markers, Pokemon pencils and giant pointer fingers, which are currently our top seller.

Date: Friday, Dec. 5
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Place: 66 Spring Street (0.8 mile from Usdan)