Our amazing Parents Association was at it again, continuing their work from the past year in reimagining EMS traditions for the virtual space while pandemic restrictions persist. This fall they enjoyed another grand success, moving our annual Book Fair & Storytelling Festival to an engaging online format, with activities, snacks and, of course, books. Instead of gathering in the Gymkhana to browse bookshelves, donate a book to our school libraries, and buy school swag, raffle tickets, and a Cup O’ Noodles (a Morrow House student Book Fair tradition!), the Book Fair & Storytelling Festival Committee, spearheaded by Michelle Margolin P’25 and Angie Griggs P’27, made all these options possible via a beautiful website created by Jason Kim P’28, ‘30.
Grace Kuo P’22, ‘24 and Linda Marvel P’25, co-chairs of the Workshop Committee, oversaw a weekend full of hands-on virtual workshops — from theater and dance to cooking, drawing, and more — for our children. We had 12 children’s book authors lead writing and illustrating workshops and/or Q&A sessions, including Nick Bruel, author of the Bad Kitty series; Tracey West, author of the Dragon Masters series; Kazu Kibuishi, author of the bestselling Amulet series, and Yangsook Choi, author of The Name Jar.
Sunny Cho P’21, ‘23, ‘25, ‘28 and Jasleen Batra P’27, co-chairs of the Raffle Committee, figured out how to host our first online raffle drawing, where we had eight gift basket winners. And the Cafe Committee, led by chairs Lauren Camarinos ‘96, P’27, ‘29, Tara Erol P’28, and Candace Gonzalez ‘94, P’27, ‘30, even made sure anyone could purchase their favorite book fair cafe treats to be enjoyed at home.
Book Fair sponsor Book Culture, a local independent bookstore in New York City, donated 25 percent of all sales to the PA, while Vered Feiwus P’22, ‘25 and Jessica Gaber P’22, ‘23, ‘25, co-chairs of the Library Gift Book Committee oversaw 205 books being given by our EMS families to our school’s three libraries to continue our library gift book tradition.
“While we look forward to being able to be back in person for our future book fairs, we’re immensely proud of all the work done and community participation that made the 2020 Virtual Book Fair & Storytelling Festival a success,” says PA President Melanie Weinraub P’21, ‘24.
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