CHS Book Fair gives back

Posted on January 14, 2009 by


Jose Alvarez- staff writer

The economy may be able to put a stop to many things, but one thing the economy can’t stop is the willingness of people to give and volunteer. Many lucky Concord West Side students will be celebrating a much merrier Christmas this year thanks to CHS and volunteers.

CHS recently concluded its annual book fair to help raise money for “Anne’s Kits for Kids,” and although this is the third time doing it they quickly found out that this year was going to be unlike past years.

“The economy probably had a big part to do with the low number of sales,” Becca Roberts (English teacher) said. “People are also busy Christmas shopping.”

Despite numerous methods of advertising the book fair, like having students distribute flyers around neighborhoods, and sending e-mails to everyone in the corporation, the output was smaller than last year.

“We sold around 350 books,” Estephanie Martinez (9) said. “Our goal was to get 500 sold. We raised around $11,000.”

Although some money goes to the “Anne’s Kits for Kids” some of the money also went to help fund books for the Freshman Academy library. That’s one of the main reasons Robert has her classes participate in this event.

“The reason we started to do this was to fund our books,” Roberts said. “Also, I wanted to show our kids that we could find a way to earn money.”

Roberts asked students if they would participate in a bakery sale, and Sapphire Hanbounleng’s (9) mother made homemade egg rolls. The money that was earned went to purchasing books. “The egg rolls were definitely good,” Martinez said. “I bought one egg roll like every morning.”

Although helping out is not mandatory, there was a high turnout of volunteers, one of them being Liliana Romero (9). “This will be a great opportunity to help out the people who are needy.”

Overall, despite the numbers being down this year, the book fair was still a success. Ultimately, the real winners of this are the West Side Elementary students who now leave home with a plastic tub filled with fun and educational activities that will keep them entertained during the holidays.

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