(Scholastic.com) St. Pius X Catholic School from El Paso, TX, once again made a great job during the Spring 2015 National Elementary School Contest, organized by Scholastic.
For a small school, St. Pius X School sure had a big Junior Crew! Even though the small Catholic elementary/middle school had a total of 350 students in the entire school, nearly half of them participated in the library club, which made up this Spring’s Book Fair 122-person Junior Crew. They managed every single aspect of the Fair, exemplifying the school’s beliefs that if students feel they have a direct impact and ownership of something, the results will be phenomenal. Boy, were they right!
The planning begins with a volunteer sign-up sheet where the school has responsibilities divided up by grade. Eighth grade students help with checkout, seventh graders dress as Clifford, sixth grade students escort Clifford, and so on. Everyone has a role and everyone takes it very seriously! They meet after school weeks before the Fair to brainstorm and create theme decorations, while also preparing their individual booktalks and author video presentations.
Despite their size, St. Pius X School sold a heap of books, bringing in an average sale of $23, and totaling a 22% increase over last year, in many ways due in part to this exceptionally well-run and responsible Junior Crew. Congrats!
President’s Award for Exceptional Performance (Junior Crew):
St. Pius X School
El Paso, TX
Book Fair Chairperson: Rowena Apodaca
Theme: Under the Sea