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Pranksters on parade

November 1, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Houghton Elementary School kicked off its annual Scholastic Book Fair in conjunction with Halloween activities Wednesday.

After watching their children parade through the halls with their costumes on, parents were able to get a preview of the fair held in the school library. The proceeds from the event will help fund special activities for the kids, as well as field trips.

Event Chair MaryFran Desrochers said the book fair is an important aspect of the children's education.

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Houghton Elementary School students participate in the school’s Halloween parade Wednesday. The event ended with the opening of the book fair, where parents could buy books for their children or buy a donation book for a teacher. The event goes through Nov. 9.

"(It's) to increase their love of reading, because we get so many different kinds of books," Desrochers said.

In addition to buying books for their children, parents or community members can also buy books to donate to teachers' classrooms.

Boxes have been set up with a teacher's name on each of them. Each box is filled with different books teachers would like to have in their classroom.

"Those are the wish boxes for the teachers," Desrochers said. "The teachers like to build up their own libraries in their rooms."

One of the reasons for having the book fair is to help the school meet the goals that have been set. Each $2,000 increment will result in a special prize for the kids.

Once $2,000 is reached, the school will have a jersey day, where students will be encouraged to wear jerseys of any desired sports team. At $4,000, the school principal will host a "Readers and Leaders" lunch. A total of $6,000 will result in fourth grade teacher Ken Klein wearing a Green Bay Packers jersey, much to his dismay. A total of $8,000 will bring about The Teacher Games, the details of which have not yet been finalized. Finally, $10,000 will allow classes to pick their own activity in physical education for one day.

The book fair is ongoing through Nov. 9. Hours for the general public are from 3:45 until 5:30 p.m.



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