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Bedford Road School Book Fair Keeps it Local

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Bedford Road School PTA book fair is not a typical book sale with ties to large corporations.  Instead, the school keeps it local.

“At the book fair we get all of our books from Village Bookstore here in Pleasantville and we have a great partnership with them,” said Bedford Road Principal Peggy Galotti.  “It’s great to not only be able to support our school through this sale, but also local businesses at the same time,”

Planning for the annual book fair, which is taking place this week in the school’s cafeteria, begins in September as members of the PTA receive input from teachers within the Pleasantville School District on appropriate books to sell.  They then compile request lists to the Village Bookstore.  For the past six years, the PTA has used the Village Bookstore as its supplier. In years past, major book companies such as Scholastic were used, yet the PTA found it preferred the personalized aspect of staying local.

“The local services that the Village Bookstore can provide are great,” said Leyla Nakisbendi, PTA member and one of the directors for the book fair. “They’re right down the street and they're always just a phone call or a text away if we need something.”

However, by staying local, a much bigger effort is required from the parents.

“There’s a lot that goes into the event on the parents’ side,” said PTA member Rachel Skrzypczak, another director for the book fair. “Since our supplier is small, we’re the ones that need to not only run the event but unload and load all the books and things like that.”

Skrzypczak and Nakisbendi said that close to 50 parents from the PTA volunteer for the event every year.

The fair, which began Wednesday and will run through Friday, not only gives back to a local business, but gives back within the school as well. Galotti said many students will purchase and gift wrap books at the fair to give to their teachers for the holidays.  Also, proceeds from the fair support the students and their programs. Last year, money raised was able to purchase smart boards that are now featured in the fourth grade classrooms.

“There’s a lot of effort and time that goes into this event every year, but the benefits from it are outstanding,” Galotti said.

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