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Students Turn the Page in the New Magnolia Parkway Elementary Bookstore

Angie Moreno, one of the bookstore volunteers states, “To see our students excited to come to our cozy bookstore and they are able to buy a book they love for less than a dollar is priceless.”

Claudine Dehaquiz, bilingual instructional specialist at Magnolia Parkway Elementary saw a need for this concept at their school. “This could not have been successful without our volunteer help and the support of our community. I have learned to utilize the resources of our community and work with the community stakeholders for our student success.”

Sara Saravo, a former bilingual coach at Smith Elementary, shared their bookstore project and helped Ms. Dehaquiz. Ms. Saravo shared, “I thought it was a wonderful idea for every student to have the opportunity to start up their very own library at home.”

Students also have the opportunity to go shopping in the bookstore through “Book Bucks” which teachers use as an incentive or reward for their students.

The bookstore accepts donations. All the donated books go through a quality control inspection, priced and then categorized. The money made is used to purchase books that are in need such as 4th and 5th grade level books as well as Spanish books. Books in the library are from Pre-K to 5th grade.

The Magnolia Parkway Elementary Bookstore is opened on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to visit and shop with their student!