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5,000 tomes to sort through in first-time book fair at Bristol Elementary Oct. 29

Alyssa Scaduto, the Girl Scout who is organizing the Oct. 29 Bristol Elementary Book Fair, sits amid her book collection.
Courtesy of Alyssa Scaduto
Bristol Elementary is hoping for a healthy response to a first-time Book Fair at the school.
       The public is encouraged to drop by Thursday, Oct. 29 and make purchases from the collection of about 5,000 used books. The time frame will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Alyssa Scaduto, a Girl Scout who is organizing the event.
       The money will be used to purchase new books for the Bristol library.
       “We're all about reading,” said Bristol Principal Manuel Ramsey. “It's a critical life skill.”
       He and Jackie Thompson, the school's librarian (formally called a “library technology educator”) were pleased when Scaduto presented the idea several months ago. Thompson has recently reorganized the library by genre and added more seating area and technology, Ramsey pointed out.
       “The book fair will allow her to update the library collection and add to it,” he said, describing it as a “win-win,” because the most likely purchasers are students and their families and the prices will be low.
       “As a child I loved to read and believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to read,” said Scaduto, a 16-year Doherty High sophomore. “When I first talked to Mr. Ramsey and found out that Bristol didn't have a book fair, I knew that it would be the perfect school. Bristol has a wonderful reading program, and I believe that having access to books is a great way to improve it even more.”
       Scaduto's personal incentive is to earn the Gold Award. Considered the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, it honors a project that requires at least 50 hours of work and meets a community need.
       Asked how she came into 5,000 books, Scaduto said she's been getting donations over the past half-year “from people in the community and a local retiring teacher. I also organized and ran a book drive at Scott Elementary. The amazing families there brought in over 3,000 books.”
       The Bristol art room, just inside the front door, will be used for the book fair.
       Normally, the general public has to press a buzzer to gain access to the school (as part of modern security requirements), but Ramsey said that on the day of the book fair the buzzer will be turned off to simplify access. However, he did add that a security officer will be inside keeping watch.
       For more information, call Bristol at 328-4000.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 10/23/15; Schools: Bristol Elementary)

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