Coalmont Elementary School students, faculty, and staff came together during the Scholastic Paws for Reading Book Fair in March, The event kicked off with a schoolwide dog show and ended with a Dr. Seuss classic reading of “Hop on Pop,” according to Cheryl Smith, fourth-grade teacher and event coordinator.
“Our students loved bringing their pets to school to show off their best friends,” she said. “We even had two goats.”
The pet show began the fund-raising by students and staff who paid a $1 fee to enter their pets. First prize was a ribbon and a $10 gift-certificate to the book fair from the pet show proceeds.
Throughout the week, students, faculty, and staff members donated money to dress up and wear funny hats, mustaches, socks, and jeans to school each day. By Friday, students were ready to “Hop on Pop.” Bubble wrap lined the halls where students enjoyed jumping and popping the loud packing staple.
“The goal was to raise enough money so each student could enjoy going to the book fair and purchasing a book,” Smith said. “We accomplished the goal. We even have enough money left over from the pet show proceeds and our dress up days to purchase two book sets for our library.”