Anna High School DEN Hosts Fine Arts Book Fair in Garland

Anna High School DEN Hosts Fine Arts Book Fair in Garland
Posted on 12/08/2017
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On 12/03, the Anna High School held a book fair at Barnes & Noble Firewheel Town Center in Garland, TX. The DEN staff organized the event by working with Barnes & Noble management to make sure that the even was an organized success.

FCCLA was also involved as they had adopted an elementary school located in Hull, Texas that had lost their classroom libraries due to Hurricane Harvey, so the needed books were featured throughout the event.

Customers could purchase the books to donate from the FCCLA book drive list or make purchases of their own and a percentage was given back to the Anna High School DEN to make purchases. At the event, several guest performers were featured.

Mr. Thance Springer, Anna High School Principal, kicked off the event by reading a book titled Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner. His audience included children from around the store including his own 6-year-old son Vance and students from the Anna High School choir and jazz band.

After Mr. Springer read, DEN staff members, Rachel James and Frank Martinez introduced the choir directed by Mr. Daniel Rohovit who then sang songs such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and more. After the choir performance, the jazz band under the direction of Mr. Curtis McCarthy and led by drum major Dilan Steverson, set up and performed Christmas carols.

The choir and jazz band performed every hour from 3-6pm. In between each performance, Rachel and Frank emceed a telethon-style promotional live stream that was shared out on the high school Facebook page so that community members and relatives who could not attend could still participate from home.

Frank said, “I was one of the hosts along with my partner Rachel. I think for our first event, it was a very successful outcome. It was very new for me as it was the first time I had ever done anything like this. I hope to do it again! Most of what we said was improv by choice because we did not want to write a script to avoid sounding like robots. To plan, we made only a timeline of the event and remembered important contact information we needed to share out to the community.”  

DEN staff members Rhianna Sloat and Lakeshia Raaul participated by wrapping gifts of customer purchases that were made in the store. Keira Schmidt, also a DEN staff member, utilized her AV skills by taking footage to make a promo video for future book fair events and DEN staff member Jenna Agerlid utilized her photography and journalism skills to cover the story for the Anna-Melissa Tribune.

Overall the event was a collaborative success that promoted reading, fine arts, student leadership, helping other schools in need, and holiday joy!


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