During the holiday season, many students need quick Christmas gift ideas. One idea that seems to appeal to everyone — regardless of age — is books.
Kappa Delta Pi, the Teacher Education Honor Society, is holding a book fair this week to raise funds. The Scholastic Book Fair has something for each age group, including pop-up books, cookbooks, reference books, crafts and other stocking stuffers.
Clifford the Big Red Dog has been a special guest at the book fair, visiting students across campus to promote the book fair.
“He has been greeting people on campus. People have been taking pictures with Clifford,” Audrey Johnson, counselor for the Fort Hays State University chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, said.
Kappa Delta Pi has been holding the fundraiser for at least five years in order to raise funds. This year, the group aims to raise $800 for its cause.
“The proceeds will go toward the purchase of Fred Jones’ tool kit, which will be used for training local educators, educators in surrounding communities and teacher education candidates,” Johnson said.
The Fred Jones program that Kappa Delta Pi is aiming to purchase is a set of DVDs, textbooks and study guides used for training. The focus of this program is to help those involved with teacher education learn positive classroom management and discipline.
With the funds raised, the group will invite local teachers, teachers in surrounding communities and teacher education candidates to a training workshop, made possible by the Kansas Center for Innovative Education.
“[The raised funds] will help keep registration fees for the Fred Jones summer training workshop down,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that she has tried to get the community involved by inviting certain members of the community to attend the book fair.
“We are open late on Thursday, where we have invited local educators to the book fair,” Johnson said.
She added that she also has encouraged these local educators to purchase books from the book fair online and encourages students to do so as well.
As of Monday, Johnson said that the book fair sales have been about half of the organization’s $800 goal. For any student who wishes to purchase a book or help the organization reach its goal, there is still time. Kappa Delta Pi will be holding the book fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day this week in room 213 of Rarick Hall.
Students can purchase books online by going to scholastic.com/fair and searching for Fort Hays State University. The book fair will be open until Thursday.