TOWNSEND — Adults and children alike attended the annual Squannacook Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair and Ice Cream Social.
Thirty percent of the profit goes to the library, according to librarian Patricia Jenig, to purchase magazines and books.
”We’ve been having this fair since I can remember, and each year it gets better and better,” said Jenig. “The fair actually runs all week, and parents can come in and purchase books their children need or want to read, and many of them make great Christmas gifts.”
Many grandparents also come to the book fair to get gifts for their grandchildren, she said.
”It is a big family event we combine with the Parent-Teacher Organization’s (PTO) Ice Cream Social. Families come and shop, then have sundaes together. It’s a nice tradition,” said Jenig.
Anne Marie Gasking, president of the PTO, said the social is a good fund-raiser that “is a way to support the school and help out with needs it has.”
The social draws parents and students together for a fun time, echoed Principal Christine Morassi.
”The students get involved along with the PTO, and the teachers and administration make the sundaes, so we all have a good time,” she said.
A collection was also being taken up at the social to get the kiln in the art department hooked up.
”The art department gifted this kiln to the school, so we have to raise some money to get it hooked up so the students can start using it,” said Gasking.
”We look forward to this every year, and it’s been a busy fair, so we are making some money,” said Jenig. “The parents seem happy with the choices of books we can offer.”