Abbott Elementary is sponsoring free book fairs at schools

People who watch Abbott Elementary are suffering withdrawal during the show’s winter hiatus. Fortunately, Twitter memes and articles like this one have been passed out to tide us over until the show returns. For anyone who doesn’t know, showrunner and star, Quinta Brunson’s created the show as a tribute to her mother, who taught elementary school, her 6th grade teacher, Ms. Joyce Abbott, and as a love letter to her hometown of Philadelphia. In addition to entertaining the viewer, Quinta hopes to help schools both through raising awareness and outreach. People were inspired to fill teacher wish lists after episode three, Wish List, aired. We heard that Quinta had part of the marketing budget diverted to getting supplies to classrooms, delivered via Abbott Elementary School buses called Traveling Teacher’s Lounges. Now Abbott, ABC and Scholastic are partnering again to provide free book fairs to underfunded schools across the country.

Attached to its hit freshman sitcom “Abbott Elementary,” ABC has partnered with Scholastic to become the first entertainment brand to provide underfunded schools with free book fairs.

The book fairs take place at seven Title 1 schools between March 14 and 18. Each student will receive two free books and each teacher will receive 10. Participating schools include Philadelphia’s Harrity Elementary, which “Abbott Elementary” is based on, as well as Diehl Elementary in Erie, Pa., Bond Elementary in Chicago, Dayton’s Bluff Elementary in Minneapolis, Freeman Elementary in Flint, Mich. and Cortada Elementary and Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary in Los Angeles.

[From Yahoo]

For anyone not familiar with a Scholastic Book Fair, they’re like a book version of a Christmas market in your school’s library. I’ve never met a person who doesn’t get excited when they see those words. There’s more than just books, not much, but a few bits and bobs. And they have books for all ages, including the parents. But even the most book-adverse child suddenly becomes Orpah Winfrey, grabbing everything with a binding. They usually have advance viewings, so the kids scout out what they want prior. By the time the sale hits, there’s so much excitement, it’s pure joy for everyone. Knowing that This Little Show That Could is bringing that kind of happiness to schools and cities that might have to forego it due to underfunding just warms my heart on this Friday morning.

What doesn’t bring me joy is the fact that the original three-week break we were supposed to endure from Abbott Elementary absence has been extended for no given reason. On Feb 22, they said we’d have to suck it up for three weeks. However, it’s been announced we won’t get a new episode until March 22nd. That’s four weeks – a full menstrual cycle. Ugh, fine. But ABC better announce a second season soon. And it better be a full 20 episode one too. I mean How I Met Your Father can already get greenlit for a second season, so can the most watched TV show.

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  1. North of Boston says:

    This show and Brunson just keep getting better and better! ❤️

  2. mia girl says:

    Love everything about this story!
    Thanks for some joy this Friday morning.

  3. Jillian says:

    I don’t want to wait until the 22nd! I love this show and I love that they’re giving books to kids and supplies to teachers. Quinta Brunson is such an incredible talent, somebody give her a massive development deal

  4. Well Wisher says:

    Thank you for this beautiful post. It brought a smile. Love, love the show.

  5. Jan90067 says:

    I LOVE this show!! I am a now retired 3rd gr teacher, with some also now retired elem. teacher friends; so, we thought it’d be a fun watch together on Zoom. What we *didn’t* expect was HOW MUCH we were relating to each one of the characters! Each one “hits home” for us at some point in our careers: the “What Movie Can I Throw On To Keep Them Quiet” sub (before the contracted job), the naive, enthusiastic “newbie”, who thought we could do it all with sunshine and unicorns 😊 , and over the years moved into the mentoring teacher, who could do “it all” (except the most modern tech that they threw at us w/out real training: one in-service and you were supposed to be ready to roll… omg, I SO related to that episode! lol).
    Funnily enough, we even had principals who weren’t *that* far off from Ava, although her character is like 2 or 3 rolled into one.
    We watch together every week, and then have a blast over some wine recounting our experiences just like it lol.

    I could watch this show non-stop!

  6. Willow says:

    The school book fairs! I loved those when my kids were little. (They did too) We always bought one book to donate to each child’s classroom. Otherwise the teachers paid for them! And isn’t that ridiculous? In a middle class neighborhood with plenty of money, the PTA has to hold book fairs as fundraisers so the school’s library and classrooms can have enough books for the students! So it’s got to be 100x harder in underfunded schools.

    • Jan90067 says:

      I always bought a stack of books for my class at each book fair. Half would go into the class library for the class to enjoy, and the other half into a “Birthday Box”. Then, on each child’s birthday, they got to pick one new book out of the Birthday Box to keep.

      I also bought a lot of the chatchkies (stickers, pencils, and erasers, posters, and bookmarks, things a lot of kids couldn’t buy for themselves) to give out as “treats” at various times (like when one students was really kind to another student, used really nice manners, helped others. when they weren’t asked to, etc). When the kids noticed someone got to go in The Box, *everyone* went on notice and started behaving well, so I always had a LOT of stuff in that box! lol

  7. goofpuff says:

    I love Quinta!

  8. Jess says:

    This show and Quinta keep getting more and more amazing. She is putting everyone else to shame – showing how you can be successful, talented, brilliant, and funny, AND thoughtful, considerate, giving, and intentional all at once. Wish more successful people followed her lead. I love this show, I love book fairs, and I love everything they’re doing. Cannot wait for the show to come back!

  9. Tiffany:) says:

    Love this show, love the cast! It’s so sweet that they are doing things for schools and teachers. This show is such a refuge from the madness in the world. It needs to come back ASAP.

  10. lucy2 says:

    I love this show so much, and it’s probably the only show where pretty much everyone I know watches and loves it. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that they are using the show’s success to actually do good things out in the world. It’s so heartwarming.

    I loved the Scholastic Book Fair. I was always the kid who would leave the library with more than I could carry, so I would always buy stuff at the book fair. Ours was with big rolling cases of books, set up on the stage, and when they’d open the curtains to let us in, it was so exciting.
    I always lived out in the sticks, but a friend’s neighborhood would get the Bookmobile to come around, and that was always awesome too.

    • lucy2 says:

      Thanks for the Donors Choose link too, that’s always a great way to help. There’s a filter to help find historically underfunded schools in whatever area you choose.

  11. jferber says:

    I have to watch this show, but as a former teacher I’m always loath to watch shows about schools. Been there, done that, burned out.

  12. Lisbeth says:

    This is great!