It was the perfect day for a shopping excursion, with one rule: No parents allowed! Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) members and school staff masqueraded as Santa’s elves while they helped Clara Barton-Hawthorne kindergarten through fifth grade students and their siblings with holiday shopping at the Clara Barton-Hawthorne (CBH) Holiday Store on Saturday, December 9.
Parents weren’t left in the dust, however; after dropping kids off, they were invited to shop at the 2nd Annual Maker’s Marketplace Holiday Boutique. More than 35 student entrepreneurs had hand-crafted items they sold for profit, although most typically use collected profit dollars to fund their craft supplies and make small donations to nonprofit organizations. Students sold crafted tasty treats, jewelry, ornaments, greeting cards, crafts, and more.
CBH Holiday store items included toys, household goods, pet items, and clothing – each item selling within a $1.00 range. For a seamless event, volunteer “elves” were available to assist the students with their gift-giving lists, purchases, and even gift wrapping. The volunteer services were provided by teachers, school staff, and CBH families, members of the South High Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Council.
Store item funding was provided by the Clara Barton-Hawthorne PTA. All money collected from item sales goes back to the CBH PTA organization to pay for the pre-purchased store items and future holiday store gifts and wrapping supplies. This is the tenth year the holiday store has been open for CBH student shoppers.