Each year our school holds Drop Everything And Read (Dear) Week. It has become an annual tradition eagerly awaited by students and staff alike. We hold a book swap for students and staff. So that everyone will be prepared for DEAR week, and have a book they enjoy for the evening of March 2 [see Read Across America Activities], students and staff will bring in books that are gently used and age appropriate to be swapped during one period of our school day. We have a contest for which grade level can bring in the most books and offer 2 for l coupons. On day of the swap participants can select as many books as they have coupons. The additional books are donated to an appropriate needy facility.