Tri-Village News

Holiday bazaar funds extras for school


The Edison Intermediate/ Middle School commons will be transformed into a shopper's paradise Saturday, Nov. 17, when approximately 80 vendors participate in the fourth annual Grandview Holiday Bazaar.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will benefit the Stevenson K-3 PTO.

"Eighty vendors is about all we can hold in the space we have in the commons and gym," said Molly McCann, a first-grade teacher who is serving as the chairwoman of the event. "We'll have everything on sale from purses and Christmas ornaments to children's clothing, jewelry and crafts. A little bit of everything."

The vendors will include independent artisans and local businesses selling their wares, she said.

The money raised for the PTO will mostly come from the $45 fee vendors pay to participate, McCann said.

Each vendor will donate an item for a raffle with drawings to be held throughout the day, she said.

Raffle tickets cost $1 each or $5 for six.

A bake sale also will be held, McCann said.

Last year's bazaar raised close to $6,000, she said.

The PTO will use the proceeds from the event to help fund the programs it sponsors at Stevenson or to help pay for expenses that are not able to be included in the school district's budget, McCann said.

Last year, the PTO used money raised by the bazaar to purchase digital computer cameras that allow teachers to display images of small items on a projector screen so that all students can see them, she said.

The bazaar has become "quite popular," with a large crowd of people attending, McCann said.

"We get so many vendors who want to participate, we have to turn some away and we have a lot of people asking when it's going to be held this year," she said.