Parents, teachers and students purchased a record number of books Saturday at the annual Parents Coordinating Council Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale.


"It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful," said Deb Baker, assistant to the superintendent and coordinator of the sale. "We sold a whole lot of books."


In fact, it looks like the sale, featuring 50 percent off of books published by Scholastic, was the biggest ever: Early estimates put the total sales above $30,000. The previous record was in the $26,000 to $27,000 range.


"We had a wonderful turnout," Baker said.


Eight or nine schools, including two from outside the Hesperia Unified School District, showed up at Hesperia High School with mass orders for books. One school arrived with $4,000 in purchases pre-authorized.


"From about 9:30 a.m. to about 11, we had about a 45-minute wait for the registers, and we had 10 registers this time," Baker said. "I would say that we had 1,500 or 2,000 people there."


Those record sales translate into bigger than ever scholarships for HUSD students as well.


"This year, for the first time, (Scholastic) have authorized a sliding scale for revenue. So if we did $30,000 or over, we get 20 percent for scholarships," instead of the normal 10 percent.


This May, the PCC will be giving out more than $6,000 in scholarships to HUSD students.


"I think part of it is due to us holding it before Christmas," Baker said.


Before last year, previous sales were held in January.


"And I think the fact that Scholastic is promoting our sales online is also helping," she added.


For Baker, this year's successful sale means she'll be going out on a high note: She retires in May.


"It was one of those years where we had a few lumps in the road, here and there, but for the most part, it was very, very successful."


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