November 23, 2017

Fundraiser bazaar to return due to popular demand

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STANDISH — The Sterling Parent-Teacher Organization for Kids’ annual bazaar held each fall was going to be scrapped this year, but due to demand from the community it will be held Nov. 11 at Standish-Sterling Central Elementary.

Standish-Sterling PTK President Winnette Young said due to the consolidation of the elementaries causing some concern as far as direction for the PTK early in the year, and the struggle to find enough volunteers every year, there were no plans to hold the bazaar until recently.

“We had actually canceled it, but the public contacted the schools and asked for it, so we decided to put it back on for the community,” she said.

Young said around 60 vendors had already signed up to participate as of Thursday, Oct. 26, nearly matching the 2016 total of 67. Up to 94 vendor spots are available, she said. Area residents enjoy shopping for handmade gifts and crafts during the bazaar, Young said.

“Most of the people who come do their Christmas shopping,” she said. “It’s all homemade products made in Michigan. It’s a big supporter for all of the home businesses.”

Vendor fees are $25, plus another $5 for electricity if needed and an additional $10 if vendors need to borrow a table. Young said the bazaar also raises money by selling food in the cafeteria.

“In the past we’ve been anywhere from $3,000 as high up to $6,700,” she said. “It just depends on the output and the attendance. Last year we didn’t sell out of all of our food and the year before we did.”

All of the proceeds go toward the PTK, which in turn uses the monies to fund activities for Standish-Sterling elementary students, Young said.

“It raises money for our elementary students’ field trips and their holiday craft projects they take home to their parents,” she said.

Student volunteers are encouraged to help out, Young said.

“We try to get students to help for their community support hours,” she said. “Parents can help too. We also have a bake sale, so community members can bring in baked goods. We’ll be in the school Friday at 1 p.m., so they can bring in their baked goods then, or Saturday before 9 a.m.”

Children who attend the bazaar can also have balloon animals made and have photos taken with Santa, Young said.

The bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Young at 989-429-7714.

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