Book fair fun: Free Home enjoys fair, raises money for school
by Michelle Babcock
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Fourth-graders Kate Meeker and Audrey Molitor fill out wish lists as they look through the books in the Free Home book fair. <br> Special to the Tribune
Fourth-graders Kate Meeker and Audrey Molitor fill out wish lists as they look through the books in the Free Home book fair.
Special to the Tribune
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First-grader Isaac Scott explores a LEGO Ninja Character Encyclopedia book at the Free Home Scholastic book fair earlier this month.
First-grader Isaac Scott explores a LEGO Ninja Character Encyclopedia book at the Free Home Scholastic book fair earlier this month.
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Third-grader Jackson Ordahl has fun looking at a book at the Scholastic book fair at Free Home Elementary School.
Third-grader Jackson Ordahl has fun looking at a book at the Scholastic book fair at Free Home Elementary School.
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Free Home Elementary School students had a blast at the latest Scholastic book fair earlier this month in the media center of the Canton school.

Free Home Media Specialist Carol McMichen has seen dozens of book fairs come and go during her 14 years at the school and said the students always enjoy coming to the media center to see the books.

“We get 25 percent of the sales in cash. We brought in around $5,000, so we got over a thousand profit,” McMichen said of the latest book fair. “It’s a nice fundraiser, and the kids love it.”

With about 340 students at the school and $5,000 in sales, many students were able to take home books to enjoy.

McMichen said the Scholastic book fair is held twice a year, and every homeroom gets the chance to visit two times.

“It’s great for the kids to be able to have their own books and have books at home to start their own library,” she said. “Every homeroom comes to the book fair twice during the week.”

McMichen said the students love coming to the book fair, and said this year a Minecraft book was very popular. She said when students visit the book fair with their homeroom, they can make a wish list to take home and show their parents, and purchase books if they have money with them.

“If they need to come additional times, the teacher usually works that out, too,” she said. “And we have grandparents and parents that come shop and buy Easter presents and birthday presents, and there are teachers that come shop, too.”

McMichen said she loves how excited the children get at the book fair, and said there are even fun erasers and other school supplies the students can buy.

“There are erasers and bookmarks, and all kinds of fancy pens,” she said. “The book fairs are always fun.”

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