BENTON STEPHENS: Windsor Street Montessori will hold annual Scholastic Book Sale

Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 4:54 p.m. CDT; updated 4:22 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 30, 2011

*CORRECTION: Kristin Bowen is a school volunteer. An earlier version of this article misidentified her. Information attributed to her about last year's fair was also misreported.

COLUMBIA — The Windsor Street Montessori School will hold its annual Scholastic Book Sale on Monday through Oct. 7 during school hours.

The school's director, Mary Windmiller, said children's books will be sold for Scholastic credit. The Montessori school will use the funds to buy books from the company.

"It all goes into buying books for our school," Windmiller said. 

Teachers made wish lists of books that parents can buy as gifts for their classrooms, Windmiller said. Parents can come in throughout the week to shop, and a day has been designated for students to browse the shelves during school hours.

A family event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday will give families a chance to shop together, said Kristin Bowen, *a school volunteer and parent of a Windsor Street student.

This is the key fall fundraiser for the school, she said, and will include a chili supper and carnival-style games.

“It’s all about gathering families, and playing, and supper and time for the families to shop together," she said.

Bowen said last year they had a similar fair the first week of school. *She said it wasn't as successful as they hoped in terms of getting parents involved and organized because parents "didn't have their feet under them yet."

The school earned $2,000 in credit from Scholastic during last year's event. This year, Bowen expects the school will make at least the same amount but said she's keeping her goal conservative at $2,500.

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