PNW BOCES Students Enjoy Annual Book Fair

December 12, 2017

Clifford the Big Red Dog offered his big red paw to students from Walden and Pines Bridge Schools at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES as they moved among tables piled with books at the annual Scholastic Book Fair.

Last week’s fair, which kicked off the holiday season at the schools, gave students, parents and staff a chance to shop for picture books, chapter books and crafts. The children especially loved the celebrity visit from Clifford, responding with big smiles, timid handshakes and hearty hugs.
 “It’s an opportunity for our students to participate in an activity that would be going on in their own school districts,” said Dr. Lynn Allen, PNW BOCES assistant superintendent. “It’s something very special for our students, and our staff have embraced it and made it better each year.”

“The students really like it,” said Library Assistant Esmelinda Bucchignano, who organized the week-long event, as she walked around the library helping students make selections tied to characters or activities they liked.  A big cowboy boot drawing contributed by one classroom and western-themed posters hung in the library to publicize the theme of this year’s fair – The Wild, Wild West.

Before the fair, students made up wish lists of books they hoped to purchase. Those lists, together with staff donations, helped get books to some students who otherwise would have been unable to buy them.  

Thanks to the fair’s success, Bucchignano said the schools would receive about $700 in Scholastic “book dollars” that will go toward new books for the joint library. The Walden School serves children with social, emotional and learning needs and Pines Bridge serves children with multiple disabilities.