This is coming to you late, but here are some notes about the BOGO book fair and Art Fest. We sold ~14K (well above Fall!!!), 6K of which went to discounts to you, meaning we actually took in just over 8K. With a 15% profit share with scholastic, we should be able to add about 1200+bonuses and the fall balance to make a total balance of $6600.00 for the school to buy books this year. There were some changes this spring that need to be noted, some of which may account for the differences we saw, and therefore also provide ample notice that our successes might be different next spring.
1) We received a typical book fair set up, rather than the BOGO set up, which usually includes older titles and clearance stuff. That was a mistake on Scholastics’ part, but I think we benefitted greatly from it. It’s worth mentioning that assuming all continues as planned, next spring we’ll get a BOGO fair, and may not see the same numbers.
2) We were only open for 6 days, and thus did not offer previews.
3)We planned the community event at the start of the week, instead of the end of the week, but we got an extra hour to try to off-set the shorter sales week.
4) We kept a lot of the non-book stuff out, like pens/pencils, erasers and book marks.
There is a long list of people to thank for their help making the book fair and the Art Fest the successes they were. Starting with Julie Beers for allowing us to be open for 3 hours on Saturday—thank you for being so supportive! Kate Grzelak for the amazing organization support! And to Phil, our building’s custodian, for being so willing to help with and carry out logistics, and for being in the building when they dropped off the books at too-early-for this-sh@+-o’clock! To the art teachers, Jessica Cohen and Lauren Sammon for asking us for this showcase, what you do to inspire our kids to do all that amazing work is wonderful! Thank you to Mr. Cameron and Mr. Hicks for bringing the Young Men’s Group to run concession at the Art Fest and thank you to everyone who donated to that effort (congrats on raising $300!).
Thank you to the makers who signed up to sell your goods, you are an asset to the community!
- Trisha Kirshner
- Linda Zolten Wood and Aspen
- Stacey Steggert and Polly Karr
- Jeannine King
- Bernadette Glorioso and Luke
- Angela Miller
And a big thanks to the fantastic musicians who played:
- Stella Costin
- Kris Harsh
- Doug Wood, even if you were just checking out Stella’s cool guitar!
- Yamini Sridar
Thanks to the fantastic security officers, our Mr. Palmer and Mrs. Erwin and Mrs. Glover from the high school.
Thanks also to:
- Paul Kukla
- Jeannine King
- Kim Palmer
- Mrs. Outrich’s entire class
- Students who helped with the volcano pencil pull and the 3rd and 4th graders who helped with putting up the art work.
- TyMiesha Frances
- Sally and Bruce Smith
- Joy Costin and her sister
- Bianca Jackson and her soon to be twins!
- Faith Anyango
- Mr. Rad at Y-aftercare
- Derrick Richey and the Richey boys, including Lincoln
If you don’t see your name here, please forgive us, but know that you are included in our deep appreciation of all the help we received for this season’s festivities. And one last big thank you to everyone who came out to the Art Fest and supported the book fair!
Yours in gratitude,
Cathryn and Kelly, book fair co-chairs