Columbus School for Girls' annual adopt-a-school bazaar gives students a chance to shop for the holidays while raising money to help others.

Columbus School for Girls' annual adopt-a-school bazaar gives students a chance to shop for the holidays while raising money to help others.

Girls in the lower school (elementary) and program for young children learn about recycling by reusing and redesigning a variety of materials to make gifts that are sold at the bazaar, which was held at CSG on Dec. 18.

This year's offerings, which were sold for 25 cents to $2, included wreaths made out of plastic shopping bags, compact disc sculptures, pop-bottle cap necklaces, candles in baby food jars and clothes pin reindeer.

Art teacher Nan Hadley said money from the bazaar supports a school in Peru that needs school supplies.

CSG students raise $350 a year for the project, which provides school supplies for one year, Hadley said. The supplies can only reach the school by being shipped on the Amazon River, she said.
Hadley and another CSG teacher once visited Peru to deliver the school supplies to the students, and "the whole town came out and had a celebration for us," Hadley said.

Money from the bazaar also supports the Partners in Conservation program through the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The program subsidizes efforts to save mountain gorillas and the people who care for them. Students usually raise about $500 for the conservation program.

Any additional money is used to support local projects, including Canine Companions for Independence and the Pelotonia bike race for cancer, Hadley said.

The project teaches students about the three Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle - and that helping other people is important, Hadley said.

As an art teacher, Hadley said she enjoys seeing what students create for the bazaar.

"We collect the most bizarre items to use every year," she said. "We make things out of whatever we can get our hands on."

Fourth-grader Lily Hoffman said she created cards and reindeer pins out of puzzle pieces. "Every year I do my shopping" at the bazaar, she said. "Everyone loves the stuff that I get."

First-grader Delaney Clifford made potpourri out of flower petals from dead flowers, acorns and nuts. The potpourri was sold in a decorative plastic glass, she said. She also enjoys shopping at the bazaar.

"Every year I find something different," she said. "I like to look at all the different things people made."

Fourth-grader Sarah Anne Coffman made note cards, candy necklaces and a decorative bottle planter.

Fourth-grader Maggie Bunker was pleased to find a bouquet of lollipops to give to her 6-year-old twin brothers for Christmas.

"I like to shop at the bazaar and help different causes," she said.