Little hands help raise funds

By Lourdes Vazquez -
Nov. 14, 2009 at 5:14 a.m.

Students at Presbyterian Day School contributed items they made in class for the fundraiser during the Gingerbread Market.

Students at Presbyterian Day School contributed items they made in class for the fundraiser during the Gingerbread Market.   LOURDES VAZQUEZ for The Victoria Advocate

Furniture adorned with small handprints was for sale at the annual Gingerbread Market for the Presbyterian Day School on Saturday.

Students from 18 months to kindergarten helped their school raise money by making coasters, calendars and notepads to sell during the fundraiser.

"Each class did their part in this fundraiser," said volunteer Krista Wilkerson.

Wilkerson's 3-year-old son, Kooper, made a calendar and a corkboard with his class.

Kooper said his favorite images for the calendar were of pumpkins he made with his fist.

Kooper's mom thinks having the children involved with the fundraiser is beneficial.

"I think it's teaching them about being good citizens," Wilkerson said.

Kooper told his mom which items to buy from the silent auction to help the school.

The money raised will help the school purchase five new computers for the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten students.

"We're trying to shoot for computers for the older kids to learn software," said Amy Cantu, PTO treasurer

Because the event was organized entirely by volunteers, all of the profits will be able to go toward the school, Cantu said.

"So far, we've sold 310 plates," said Stephanie Rokyta, PTO president.

A total of 442 plates were sold by the end of the event.

The meals were catered by Quality Packers; people were able to dine in or take it to go, Cantu said.

The gingerbread market also had volunteers from surrounding schools, such as students from Memorial and St. Joseph high schools, who sold their own homemade items.

The market also offered private vendors selling their wares.

Third-grader Grace Richter, from Schorlemmer, made bottlecap necklaces. She got the idea after purchasing one in Houston.

"My mom asked if I wanted to make them," said Ritcher, who hoped to make enough to pay her mom back and purchase a bike.

Besides the silent auction, visitors also took part in the cake walk and carnival.

Items decorated and made by students that are not sold may be purchased via the child's classroom.



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