Used Book Fair - Spring 2019
In 1982, the RISD Council of PTAs held its first Used Book Fair, raising $5,918.66. Thirty-four years later, the Used Book Fair has recorded more than $850,000 in revenue to its main benefactor, The RISD Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund in Memory of Dr. JJ Pearce.
The RISD Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund in Memory of Dr. JJ Pearce, was created to honor Dr. Joseph Jones Pearce, who served as superintendent for RISD from 1946 to 1977. Dr. Pearce died in September of 1995, but his legacy, devotion to the education of Richardson youth, continues through the scholarship fund.
Graduating senior students from all four high schools have the opportunity to apply for the scholarships, which are awarded based on scholastic record, character, extra-curricular activities and financial need. In addition to the student scholarships, funds are available via application for district teachers who are continuing their education. They must have been employed by RISD for one full academic year and remain in the district the following year. Over 40 local units participate annually thru collecting books, promoting the event and volunteering. These local PTA units also can revenue share proceeds from their donations.
Totally dependent on the generous book donations from RISD campuses, and community organizations as well as the volunteer efforts from local PTA unit’s Council Delegates, Presidents, council board, community youth groups and school volunteers, the book fair has grown and become a great tradition for the district and it’s communities.
This year you can help the PTA programs flourish and get some great reading material at a great price. Stay tuned for updates about the sale, and how you can help by donating used books, CDs, or DVDs.