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Vice president reads to Margil Elementary students at Book Fiesta.

By Jose Arredondo

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students of Margil Elementary settle down as David Mrizek, vice president of college services, prepares to read to them.

Students of Margil Elementary settle down as David Mrizek, vice president of college services, prepares to read to them.

Shoebox floats, Spurs jerseys, loud music and students filled the Eagles’ gymnasium at Margil Elementary April 27.

The Book Fiesta started off with pre-kinder and kindergarten students parading through halls with dozens of their hand-crafted floats.

Some students had decorated with standard Fiesta flair while others went well beyond that.

A “Fast and the Furious”- themed float had racecars glued to the top of the float, and a Spurs-themed float used silver and black to complement the basketball court situated at the top.

As soon as students were seated in the gym, Rebecca Gonzales, Margil Elementary

Margil Elementary students' ocean-themed float.

Margil Elementary students’ ocean-themed float.

vice principal, played music through the P.A. system as they waited.

The song “El Baile del Gorila” played and some students couldn’t help but dance. The “Cha-Cha Slide” followed and all of the students danced.

The students settled down when members of Faculty Senate and Staff Council entered with David Mrizek, vice president of college services.

Mrizek read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” to the students.

However, he needed a little help from the Gnome Ranger, who held one half of the colossal book.

Cheering erupted as soon as the costumed character walked through the double doors of the gymnasium.

The students were engaged throughout the story, with their eyes all locked on Mrizek and the Gnome.

The Fiesta concluded after Mrizek finished reading.

The teachers received $3,000 worth of donated books to hand out to students.

The books were donated to the Staff Council for the Book Fiesta.

“This is a great partnership because some of the kids don’t have access to these things,” Gonzales said. “It is nice to know that someone is thinking about them.”

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