The holidays are upon us, and while some are eyeing presents, others have their sights set on service. The Anna High School Discover, Engage, Network (D.E.N.) — which is also the name of the new school library — joined with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the school choir and jazz band to hold a fine arts book fair for the Hull-Daisetta Elementary School on Dec. 3.
Hull-Daisetta is an elementary school in Daisetta, Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey. The book fair event was held at Barnes & Noble Firewheel Town Center in Garland.
“I wanted the high school students to experience a book fair, and thought it would be nice for our school to help another school in need after losing their classroom libraries due to Hurricane Harvey,” said Anna High School Librarian Emily Burk.
Burk organized the event by working with Barnes & Noble management to make sure that all aspects went smoothly.
AHS Principal Gerald Springer read a Christmas book to children at Barnes & Noble to kick the event off. Shortly after, the AHS choir and jazz band took turns performing Christmas music every thirty minutes for the public’s entertainment.
The whole event was streamed on Facebook Live and emceed by Rachel James and Frank Martinez, both AHS seniors and D.E.N. staff members.
“I think for it being our first hosting event, it was very successful,” said Martinez. “Rachel and I were both very happy with the outcome of the book fair and the live stream. It was both a very new and exciting experience for us.”
There were four ways for the community to participate in donating — by attending the event, purchasing books online, dropping donations off in the AHS front office or by purchasing an e-gift card.
“I think it was a huge success,” said Emily Burk. “With proceeds raised by the book fair, we are able to fill classroom libraries with books for an elementary devastated by Harvey.”
While the physical event last one day, it continued online until Dec. 7.
“Our students got to spread holiday joy through their music and advocate for reading too,” said Burk. “I hope that the students who participated will have a great memory of this experience.”