Elizabeth Avenue School PTO Holds Inaugural Vendor Fair

Vendors at the inaugural Elizabeth Avenue School PTO vendor fair, held at Franklin High School.

The Elizabeth Avenue School PTO held its inaugural vendor fair April 28, and all indications were that it was a success.

That was the word from the organizers of the event that was held at Franklin High School.

Approximately 70 vendors selling everything from clothing to jewelry to crafts and toys filled tables in the school’s cafeteria.

Money raised from the event will help to pay for assemblies and field trips for EAS students PTO officials said.

In addition to the vendors, the event featured a 50-50, and a basket raffle, said Jennifer Hughes, one of the event’s organizers.

Hughes said the PTO board wanted to do something different for a fundraiser this year.

“In the past we’ve had tricky trays, we’ve had designer bag bingo, so our current PTO board team was looking for a new idea, and we thought about this,” she said. “We’ve been planning it for the entire year. It’s exciting that it finally came together.”

She said this year “was a great learning experience for us.”

“We got some of our kinks out and a next year will be bigger and better,” she said.

The fair was held at the high school, she said, because it offered a larger space for vendors than did the elementary school.

Lisa Budesheim, another of the event’s organizers, said she was happy about the turnout.

“We worked very hard,” she said.

Budesheim said some of the money will go toward paying field trip fees for students whose families could not otherwise afford them.

“We’ll take care of it,” she said.

The PTO also pays for some assemblies in the school.

“We had a musician come in and play for the kids, we had a laser light show that the kids love,” she said. “Stuff like that, fun stuff.”


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