Each year, schools across the nation participate in Scholastic Book Fairs as a way to get books into students’ hands and also give back to their school. These past week events at Prosper Independent School District generated excitement for reading and revenues for the school library, and one elementary school even earned a cash prize.

Library spaces across the district were transformed over the course of the week into a “mobile bookstore” where students and their families could shop together and as a result build upon their love of reading. Each fair is unique with a theme, and the library space is transformed into a magical place where children’s imaginations can run wild.

Rucker Elementary was no different with its Bookaneer Book Fair. Families entered the library through the middle of a pirate ship and were greeted by many friendly skeleton pirates too. Librarians Traci Kirkland and Erin Struwe put in hours of time to make sure this event was nothing but the best for their students. They not only hosted the book fair and boosted sales in this fundraiser, but they also promoted their Bookaneer Book Fair in unique ways. One of those was creating a mannequin challenge video, highlighting the space and the many books they had to offer.

Students were motivated to come to the Bookaneer Book Fair due to the numerous fun events centered around it. After the weeklong fair, these ladies decided that they weren’t ready to stop. Scholastic has a National Contest that any school in the entire United States is eligible to enter its book fair in, so that’s exactly what they did. Then after a long anxious wait, Rucker Elementary found out that they had earned the runner-up spot in that National Book Fair Contest.

On Friday, April 28, Scholastic representative Amy Scandrett presented librarians Traci Kirkland and Erin Struwe, along with the rest of Rucker Elementary, with the second place prize, complete with a banner and a check worth $1,000. In response to this exciting news, the librarians said,

“It is such an honor to be recognized as the second place book fair in the entire nation,” the librarians said in a press release. “When you sit back and really think about how many schools there are in the whole United States, it kind of takes your breath away to realize that we are at the top. We could not have made it happen without the help of all of our wonderful volunteers, the amazing staff, and the best students and families that Rucker is so fortunate to have. We thank each and every one of them from the bottom of our hearts for always supporting us and helping Rucker have the best book fairs possible. Also, thank you to Scholastic for this amazing prize, what an honor.”

The prize money will be used to purchase more books and MakerSpace items for the Rucker library.