Flower Hill Primary School’s 21st annual book swap was one of the most successful ever. Students on every grade level were able to find plenty of titles to interest them.
Flower Hill’s Pick-a-Reading Partner program is in full swing. Earlier this week, students dressed up as their favorite characters and “shopped” at the book swap. Students went home with their backpacks full of new books to read.
Flower Hill families donated a mountain of books for the youngsters to swap, which were added to volumes from the Huntington Public Library and Book Revue. PTA volunteers sorted through it all and arranged the books based upon their appropriateness for specific grade levels.
Excited youngsters carried their “new” books home with them to read. Many couldn’t even wait that long, instead cracking books open in school and starting to enjoy the benefits of the exchange right way.
The piles of books made jaws drop and eyes enlarge. When all was said and done more than 2,000 books found their way to new homes by the end of the swap. Flower Hill Principal Lucia Laguarda called the initiative a “true community effort.”
Flower Hill’s enrollment is about 310 students this year. Ms. Laguarda and all the teachers at the school are dogged in encouraging students of all ages to develop a legitimate love for books and reading. The annual book swap is one way to spur just such passion.
The book swap scene was enhanced by artwork created by Huntington High School Art Honor Society members and Flower Hill moms. The pieces featuring popular characters in children’s literature were hung throughout the gym.