Arthur PS students learn about reciprocation during annual bazaar
December 5, 2017
ARTHUR, Ontario – Arthur Public School hosted its annual holiday bazaar on December 1st at the school. This bazaar has been held annually at the school for the last seven years on the first Friday of December.
The Arthur PS holiday bazaar is not your typical bazaar; it is made up of gently used items that have been donated to the school by staff, families of students and the second hand store in Arthur, Arthur Second Look.
Donated items include books, toys, baby blankets, bibs, pictures, mugs, picture frames and more. The Parent Council runs the event, saying they always receive some new items as well, including socks and body care items. Parent Council Chair Mary Cross Mitchell said that this year they received a new popcorn maker and some new sheet sets as well.
Each class is assigned a time to go shopping at the bazaar. Items are priced from $0.25 to $2.00; however, students are able to purchase all items for their immediate families regardless of the amount of money they are carrying.
The purpose of the bazaar is to allow students the opportunity to pick gifts for their immediate family members all by themselves. Volunteers at the bazaar consist of parents, grandparents and community members and they can truly see the pride the students have when shopping for treasures to give to their loved ones.
The goal of the event is not to raise money, but to help teach students about reciprocation at the holidays. Any money raised at the bazaar is used for year-end gifts for office staff as well as two days of free community skating at the Arthur Community Centre at the end of December.
Swap shop bazaars are an excellent tool for students to learn about over-consumerism and protecting the environment. This event continues to be a fun way for students to learn and give back over the holiday season at Arthur Public School.