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Book Fair is a Time of Excitement for Students

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A book fair is often a typical night of fundraising and shopping but blossomed into something extraordinary for students at the Walden School.

The school, located on the Putnam/Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), held their annual book fair to the excitement of students from throughout the area.

Carlos Padilla, a Walden student from the Lakeland School District was seen walking around the fair, helping out the librarians and sharing jokes with younger students at the fair.

“This is my ‘library assistant’ Carlos Padilla,” said Walden’s librarian Eileen McCutchen, “...he helps me read to all my classes.”

“Jokes are what I’m all about," Padilla answered.

For elementary student Willow Ferri, who is a Pines Bridge School student from Cold Spring, the day was an opportunity to explain to her friends with the book "Olivia" is so important. “I have the movies at home, and I love Olivia,” she said. “I want to read the book to my mom.”

McCutchen who has seen the book fair for years said each year it gets a little bit better. “Every year the fair gets more exciting," she said. “We have great enthusiasm from both the students and our staff.”

Students and parents from the Walden and Pinces Bridge schools were invited to attend the fair. The Walden School at BOCES serves children with social, emotional and learning needs, and Pines Bridge serves children with multiple disabilities.

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