Jordan Elementary School announced last week that the Fall School Book Fair has raised $ 13,807 to help JES students continue their education.
After fees and school boards, JES will be able to purchase more than $ 6,900 in new educational resources for the JES media center and classrooms, according to a press release from the district. These funds will be used to replace obsolete books, increase the number of preschool-level books, add additional books in Spanish and create early reading opportunities (level one and two) for younger readers.
Jordan Elementary School Media Specialist Kevin Sayers will seek to meet the interests of JES students by expanding the options available to them in categories such as non-fiction animal books, books on the sports and extra hardcover fiction books for different reading levels. In addition, a portion of the funds raised will be used to purchase coding bots that will be used in the media technology program.
“I had a pretty good idea that this community was special, and seeing how our school community came together around the book fair, I now know that this place is really special,” Sayers said. “I would like to thank everyone who helped by buying books at the fair, our JES-PTO volunteers for their help in setting up the fair and our teachers for helping our families know about this opportunity. Without everyone who participated, this would not have been possible. I am excited about the opportunities this will bring to our students and their education.
JES has participated in Scholastic Book Fairs for over a decade, providing two book fair opportunities for families per school year in the fall and spring. To date, this is the highest total that a single Book Fair has collected for JES. In the 2020-21 school year, the fairs raised a total of $ 3,600 and in the last full in-person school year, the book fairs raised a total of $ 8,000. This fall’s book fair has been expanded to include the Jordan Early Learning Services preschool program for families Early Explorers and also teacher wishlists that parents could help make for their students’ classes.
JES director Melissa Barnett echoed Sayers’ enthusiasm.
“We are very grateful to our JES families for all of their support at this book fair,” Barnett said. “It has been amazing to see our students come back to the Media Center this school year and engage in in-person learning. The opportunities this gives us to enhance those experiences not only for this school year, but for the years to come are truly immeasurable.