Even though winter hasn’t officially began, it sure felt like it at Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School.
The Scholastic Book Fair theme for the year was an Arctic Adventure. The book fair was set up in the media center from Nov. 4-11 during parent-teacher conferences and throughout morning during school days.
According to bookfairs.scholastic.com, “Book fairs generate more than $200 million in cash and educational resources for schools, who receive a portion of sales from every Book Fair they host. More importantly, the events provide students, teachers and parents with access to thousands of affordable books and educational products.”
In preparation for the ‘Arctic Adventure’ Book Fair, Superintendent Jeff Pesta shared his own arctic experience of Nordic skiing on a Canadian glacier. Students also learned about snowflakes during a Makerspace lesson, where they decorated large snowflakes to hang up in the hallway near the media center.
Roxy Rolstad, educational assistant in the media center, decorated the space to correlate with the theme.
Over 60 handmade snowflakes lined the ceiling, along with added details throughout the display. Rolstad was innovative with different ideas by using coconut to resemble piles of snow. She gained some inspiration from children’s movies, like “Happy Feet.” The middle of the display features three penguins sliding down toward the tables. Rolstad welcomed students to the arctic once they entered the room while sporting her K-W hat and scarf.
After walking into the media center, it was clear that Rolstad has a keen eye for making things come to life.
“It’s a fun week for me, I’m kind of over the top when it comes to decorating,” said Rolstad. “I like seeing their faces when they walk through the door. It makes it all worth it.”
The feature that students enjoyed most about this fall’s book fair was the tent that resembled an igloo, known as the ‘base camp.’ Once they found a book, that was usually the first place they headed to.
The Scholastic Book Fair comes up with a theme for each fair, though Rolstad takes to the next level.
One of her favorite themes was the ‘Enchanted Forest,’ where she had intertwined tree branches along the ceiling and the hallway. Butterflies and flying books accompanied the space, along with cookies on trees — because anything is possible in an enchanted forest. She also decorated dragon eggs and included Harry Potter’s flying car.
“I like to have fun with it,” said Rolstad. “It draws a lot of people in and it’s rewarding to see the kids so excited and eager to learn.”