Book festival at Fort Craig brings out the characters

The hallways at Fort Craig School on Feb. 27 were filled with pirates, Things and animals as the students, teachers and visiting parent volunteers celebrated a week-long adventure called Children’s Book Festival at the school.

Teachers and students celebrated a different theme each day of the festival. On Friday, Feb. 27, students had a book swap where they could come pick a book for free to take home and keep. Teachers encouraged people to bring books they were finished with to use for that day.

The theme for that day was a treasure hunt, and teachers dressed as pirates. Students did a treasure hunt throughout the school and found things to make their way to the treasure chest where the books were.

Parent volunteers created the weeklong festival. Parents and other volunteers signed up to read through microphones during lunch and different grade levels had people from the community come read.

In the lunchroom each day cafeteria workers had food with different themes associated with the festival. Workers at the Café dressed up each day.

Each day also had a spotlight book for that day. The activities culminated with a Parade of Books where teachers encouraged students to dress as their favorite book character and carry the book with them. Author Joan Hunsaker was on hand for the festivities and signed copies of her book “Dagger in Time.”

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