Thursday marks the first annual book fair open to the community. The book fair--organized by Mary Hetherington and Monica Alcaraz of the Parent-Teacher Association--aims to raise funds by selling books that have been donated by members of the community and art books donated by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
"We are raising money for Coach Williams of the Playworks Program and for basic school supplies that students need," President of the PTA, Alcaraz said.
"Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day," explains the website.
"The Playworks Program is important to Aldama because it teaches leadership skills, lessens conflict among students, and stops bullying," Alcaraz continued.
The PTA is making progress towards the $27,000 it needs to raise for Playworks through fundraising events like the book fair. Just yesterday, the book fair secured the program close to $500 when Aldama students began purchasing books.
The PTA is also striving to raise money for basic supplies that students are in need of.
"The school budget was cut by 40%. Students still need basic items like glue, paper, and pencils," Alcaraz said.
The continues on the lawn of Aldama Elementary till 4pm today.