Alexandria’s Maury School Book Fair Slated for Saturday, Dec. 6 at Potomac Yard

Alexandria’s Maury Elementary School (600 Russell Rd., Alexandria, VA) will hold its 2nd Annual Book Fair on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Barnes & Noble store in the Potomac Yard Shopping Ctr.

Book fairs are a popular way for Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) to raise funds and a great way to promote reading and encourage neighborhood support and participation in public school education.

Maury has lined up a full day of activities:

  • Advice on selecting books for young readers with Maury librarian Ann Garrison (10:00am – 11:00am)
  • Advice on selecting books for young readers with reading specialist Alison Vovchuk (noon – 2:00pm)
  • Kindergarten stories  with Ms. Dykhuis and Ms. Nelson (10:30am – 11:00am)
  • Story time with Principal Jackson (11:00am)
  • Pajama time stories with Ms. Scully (7:00) Everyone is cordially invited to wear pj’s!
  • Free gift wrapping for B&N purchases by Maury PTA volunteers

FAQ’s (from volunteer/organizer extraordinaire Kelly Wilson):

How will this book fair benefit Maury?
The amount the PTA receives depends on net sales for the period of the fair.  Our goal is to have net sales for that day of over $10,000 which would give us 25% in B&N credit. We use that credit to purchase books for school-wide readings and for teachers to “give” to their students for winter break and summer reading.

What if I can’t shop on Saturday?
You have five days following the fundraiser to make purchases that benefit Maury. But from Dec. 7-11 you MUST have the Maury Book Fair Voucher# to get credit. So bring the attached voucher and shop to your heart’s content.

What about my far away relatives–do on line purchases count?
No. This fundraiser is for sales at the Potomac Yard store only.

I’m a B&N member–will I still get my discount?
Yes. Saturday is also Educator’s Appreciation Day so pre-k-12 teachers will get 25% off books and gifts and 10% off DVD’s and CD’s but you MUST HAVE a school ID to receive an Educator’s Discount card (this is separate from a B&N membership).

What if I already have too many books?
Can such a thing be possible? I don’t think so… but you can also purchase music, DVDs, games, stationery, even snacks at the cafe and Maury will get credit as long as you tell the cashier that you are supporting the Maury Book Fair.

Well, that’s about it.  It’s a great cause and I encourage you to add it to your list of things to do this Saturday along with Old Town’s Scottish Walk and Del Ray’s tree lighting (see below).

See you there . . .


P.S. Barnes & Noble is also spearheading a holiday book drive for children at the Northern Virginia Outpatient Center  of Children’s Hospital.