Bingo for Books Kicks off this week at Hanawalt

Hello Hanawalt Hawks!

First of all, we wanted to acknowledge that we are all experiencing a new normal. Most of us can not handle one more thing on our To-Do list, but also want to engage our kids in some off-screen activities.

The PTA, would like to raise more money for our school’s media center so that when we return, the library can be filled with newer and more diverse books. We would love our library to represent all of our students. We would also like to promote reading time for all students.

Our goal is to make this easy and fun. Do what you can. Just one reading activity will make your student eligible for prizes! No need to turn in the bingo card, though, we encourage you to share on social media by sending in pictures of your student completing one of the squares. Share with our Twitter account by tagging us with @HanawaltHawks and the hashtags #HanaHawks #Books4Bingo. You can also send the picture identifying the Bingo square that is being completed to your teachers or Mr. Surprenant in the media center.  Below you will find some ideas of how to use the Bingo Card, but anyway you use it is fine with us.

Stay well Hanawalt! -The Hanawalt PTA

Read to help support our Media Center!  Tips, Ideas, & Ways to Support:

  • Send an email/text to family and friends you can’t see right now and ask them to “sponsor” a certain row of your card (meaning they will contribute once your student completes all of the tasks in that row).
  • Connect your student with a friend. Let them complete a square together by taking turns reading to each other in Teams or another app.
  • When contacting your friends and family, suggest that they could help your student complete a square by reading to them using your phone or other device. Or maybe have your student read aloud to them!
  • If your student needs practice typing or developing sentences, have them write the email to friends and family and help them connect to the contribution link,
  • Challenge your student to complete a row or a certain number of squares in a week. Come up with a simple reward if they are able to do it (dessert after dinner or a family game night).
  • Find new and different books for your student to read. Some ideas are using the Des Moines Library curbside pickup, using websites given by their teachers, or swap books with a neighbor (keeping social distancing and sanitizing in mind). You can also find new books at our Follett Book Fair. Find the link at find donation & book fair links at
  • Connect directly to our Follet Titlewish page to donate for books to upgrade and diversify our library collection.


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