by Lisa Tome
There was just something about the longest toenails in the world which fascinated a group of seventh grade boys.
The students who were attending the North East Middle School Book Fair recently passed around the "Guinness Book of World Records" stared at the toenails and laughed. Kyle Miller who was reading the book initially became annoyed that his friends were so enjoying the toenails that he couldn't read the book.
The Book Fair is held in the school's media center but is overseen by the National Junior Honor Society. Teachers Kelly Reed and Tammy Martin share the work of advising the club and also team up for the book fair.
Reed said that the fair is held twice a year at the school - once in the fall and once in spring. That helps the school media center stock shelves with about $4,000 in materials each year. Teachers can also fill out of wish list of what they'd like to see purchased from the fair. Reed said at book fair time, electronic readers are all but forgotten. "They are still reading books. Paper books are still good," laughed Reed.
Sean Gizzi, a seventh grader, has a reading log due soon. He found a book "The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett" which would help him complete the assignment. Seventh grader Lizzy Dean spent $30.17 of money she got from her parents on four books.
John Ayres, an eighth grader and member of the National Junior Honor Society, was working at the book fair. He said that boys were buying books related to television shows and books about pranks and military life. Girls were buying diaries, romance books, and teen fiction. He was one of about 40 members of the National Junior Honor Society who were assigned to works shifts during the book fair.
Reed also said that school staffers give up their planning time help sell and stock books. "I love this school. Teachers give up their own time. I couldn't do it without them," said Reed.