WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Cole Bauer sang "Pretty Girl" by David Ryan Harris, accompanying himself on keyboard, in the music section of the City Center Barnes & Noble in White Plains Tuesday night as part of Blind Brook High School's book fair.
Bauer's mother Joy, a nutrition and health editor for MSNBC's TODAY, watched along with other parents. Between songs, the students performing encouraged shoppers to stop by the Blind Brook High School display table, which featured titles on the school's summer reading list, to get a Book Fair sticker. The store donated 10 to 25 percent of the purchase made by shoppers wearing that sticker to the school. The school can choose if it wants the total amount collected in the form of a check or gift card.
The school also set up a crafts table among book shelves for families, hung several high school students' artwork outside the book store's Starbucks and handed out free copies of the school's literary magazine Alter Ego .
"Every book fair is different," said Grace Cantwell, community relations manager for Barnes & Noble. "It's a unique opportunity to showcase your school and its students' talents."
Barnes & Noble holds book fairs throughout the year for schools and organizations that focus on literacy. Cantwell said it has been going on for at least four years and that there will be four book fairs in June for the White Plains School District.
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