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Hollywood preschoolers load up on books

Kru Gowen, 4, and his father, Nathan Gowen, search the shelves for just the right books Sept. 4 at the Hollywood Preschool Scholastic Book Fair. Kru and his sister Irie went home with arms full of treasured new books.
Kru Gowen, 4, and his father, Nathan Gowen, search the shelves for just the right books Sept. 4 at the Hollywood Preschool Scholastic Book Fair. Kru and his sister Irie went home with arms full of treasured new books.

HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood Preschool welcomed the new school year with a Scholastic Book Fair to help equip students and parents for a year of reading and learning. The fair, which ran from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, raised money for new books in the classrooms.

“After the last one in March, each class got about $200 worth of books,” said Jennine Perez, center manager. “We brought it back because all the purchases benefit the preschool.”

The book fair was deemed a success as the preschool raised about the same amount compared to its spring book fair.

Scholastic, which began as a western Pennsylvania magazine in 1920, has grown into a global business that promotes literacy through revenue-generating events in schools worldwide. For more than 30 years, Scholastic’s book fairs have raised millions in cash and educational resources for schools.

In addition to the money raised, Scholastic gives schools a percentage of the income back in “Scholastic dollars,” which have twice the value of cash. Perez said they may go shopping in Scholastic’s warehouse in Pompano Beach.

“We hope to restock all the classroom libraries and get more audio books,” she said.

After the last book fair, preschools tribalwide earned enough to purchase listening centers for every classroom on each reservation. The listening centers include equipment and eight headphones for students to listen to audio books while the teacher turns the pages.

All week, students and parents shopped the colorful displays of books, toys, puppets and school supplies together. The kids searched the shelves for just the right book to take home and the adults gladly complied.

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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at beverlybidney@semtribe.com.
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