Curry PTO President Jenny Busby is excited about the Holiday Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast and hopes for a good turnout, even though weather forecasters are calling for a good chance of rain over the weekend. She also said this is the first time the elementary school has held an event of this caliber.
“We have people that have donated stuff to the school to be able to do the yard sale part of it for children and families that may be low income or are just struggling this year that want to be able to come and buy something, but they just can’t go and buy something brand new,” Busby said. “In the past, we’ve always given to the children ... like we had a group that bought bicycles and stuff for them, but it was getting so large and it just wasn’t working out very well, so we’re trying to do something where we can kind of still help the parents out.”
The bazaar/yard sale will take place in the elementary school’s gym from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The pancake breakfast will be in the school’s lunchroom from 8 until 10 a.m. that morning with plates selling for $5 each. Also, kids can have their picture taken with Santa Claus from 9 a.m. until noon.
“We’ve got a new principal [Roy Martin] and a new assistant principal [Tim Hulsey] and we’ve got a new PTO crew, and we’re just trying to make things a little bit different,” Busby said. She also mentioned the PTO board members — Leigh Tidwell, vice president; Wendy Davidson, secretary; and LeAnn Brooks, treasurer.
A few vendors will have booths set up in the gym as well. Busby said those who have purchased a booth for the bazaar will keep the money they accumulate at the event, but she said the rest of the proceeds made from the breakfast, yard sale and bazaar, including booth purchases, will go toward Curry Elementary to fund future projects and other school-related matters.
“The purpose is, first of all, to get the community involved back with our schools. The other thing is to be able to help families with the yard sale part of it, to be able to let them come in, buy something at a less expensive price where they can have a little bit of a Christmas,” Busby said. “... It’s helping the needy, but at the same time it also helps for projects for our school.”
Carbon Hill PTO President Heather Pate said the elementary school will host its first-ever Breakfast and Workshop with Santa starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The breakfast will be held in the school’s lunchroom with Santa, which will be followed with the workshop scheduled to be in the library.
“The movie ‘The Polar Express’ will be played on the big drop-down screen in the library, and then we have eight arts and crafts stations,” Pate said. “They’re going to send a letter to Santa, and then they’ll get a return letter. They’ll have pictures to color of Santa, make their own little paper wreaths and a little Christmas tree ornament.”
Other crafts include making bags of reindeer food, elf puppets and hand-print Santa ornaments. Tickets are $7, which will cover all crafts and the pancake breakfast. All proceeds will go to Carbon Hill Elementary and Jr. High schools. Children under the age of 3 get in free. Parents, unless they are planning to eat breakfast with their kid(s), also get in free of charge.
“We just thought this would be a good fundraiser to start with,” Pate said. “We just want to get interest up and raise some money. There’s a lot that parents would like to do at the school, it’s just that they haven’t had a lot of opportunities. So, we just want to bring good attention to Carbon Hill.”
Pate added that some of the projects the PTO members have spoken about are creating a snack closet for younger grades and an outdoor, drinking water fountain. She said so far they have had a huge response to Saturday’s event, and she hopes it will bring more parental involvement to the school.
Both events are open to the public. For more information about the Curry Elementary Holiday Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast, contact Jenny Busby at (205) 494-5712. For more information about Carbon Hill’s Breakfast and Workshop with Santa, contact Heather Pate at (205) 275-1414.