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Inaugural Holiday Bazaar at Chartiers Valley proves successful

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Kaelyn Watson, 4, (left) looks on while sister Makenzie Watson, 5, of Scott Twp., opens a bracelet box while shopping for their grandparents at Santa's Workshop Saturday, November 8, during Chartiers Valley Primary School PTG Holiday Bazaar and Snowball Express
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Aleena Sweeney, 4, of Scott Twp., males a gingerbread cut out, from clay Saturday, November 8, during Chartiers Valley Primary School PTG Holiday Bazaar and Snowball Express
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'Out of A Bottle,' owner Carrie Swiech of Elizabeth Twp., (left) shows off some merchandise to Stacy Mitrik of Scott Twp., Saturday, November 8, during Chartiers Valley Primary School PTG Holiday Bazaar and Snowball Express.
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Carol Stewart of Crescent Twp., (left) shows off some of her crafts to Mary Alice Norcik of Collier Twp., Saturday, November 8, during Chartiers Valley Primary School PTG Holiday Bazaar and Snowball Express

Kelly Waldron had a few sleepless nights before the Chartiers Valley Primary School Parent Teacher Group’s inaugural Holiday Bazaar and Snowball Express.

She needn’t have worried.

“We were really nervous. I had a nightmare that nobody showed up. My first goal was to have at least 30 vendors and we exceeded that. We have 53 vendors.”

The event, held inside the Chartiers Valley High School cafeteria on Nov. 8, had the packed house in the Christmas spirit.

It featured local vendors selling everything from holiday crafts and jewelry to wooden toys and wreaths, a Santa’s Workshop for primary school students and a visit from Santa Claus.

Proceeds raised will fund primary-school field trips this year to Triple B Farms, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Meadowcroft Village.

Kerri Kane, 32, and Heather Palumbo, 41, co-presidents of the PTG, said the event was aimed at getting families and residents involved in the primary school.

“This shows the students it is about community and trying to be an example for the kids,” Kane said.

The PTG also raises funds for assemblies and teacher supplies. This year, they paid for back-to-school folders and iPad covers.

“Whatever the school needs, whatever the kids need, we try to step up and provide that with the funds that we have.”

Kane, of Collier, has sons in kindergarten and second grade.

“Anything we do is for the kids,” Kane said.

“I absolutely love being at the school, so wherever I can volunteer and my children are able to see me in the school, it’s a bonus. An absolute bonus,” said Palumbo, of Scott.

Waldron, 37, and Hillary Rumberg, 35, served as co-chairs of the event. They attended area craft shows in an effort to find vendors and promoted the event.

Waldron, who has three young sons, said church bulletins, school fliers and word-of-mouth helped spread the news.

“Obviously, we see the benefit our kids have from it. The more money we raise, the better activities our kids can have. But I also think it’s important for the kids to see the parents around and planning activities for them because that parent involvement in irreplaceable.

“We have moms, dads, grandfathers, grandmothers as vendors, as volunteers. It instills a sense of value to them to see their parents involved in their lives.”

Rumberg, who assisted children in Santa’s Workshop, said, middle school students also donated their time to help in the area during the afternoon.

“It’s important for me to be involved because all of this benefits the children. That’s what it’s all about.”

David Mayernik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected].

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