by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Two volunteers at the annual Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Rummage Sale - Julie Wallace, of Wallace Books in Westmoreland, and Cyndi Redmond - help PTA Co-President, Gina Ballard.After the announced date for the annual Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Rummage Sale was cancelled by snow and ice, volunteers got the word out that their fundraiser would take place a week later, on February 15. And the crowds came.

The school’s gymnasium was transformed into a “pickers bazaar” filled with all kinds of goods, clothing, and – this year – a fresh-baked-goods table.

“This is the third largest fundraiser that we do for the school,” said the school’s PTA co-president, Gina Ballard. “We have all the families bringing goods, and we resell them to the public.”

Some thirty volunteers were working to put on the rummage sale, because it’s for a good purpose, Ballard told THE BEE. “The money goes into our PTA general fund. We use it to pay for after-school activities, and also special projects, like our ‘Learning Garden’.

“We fund these projects because schools can’t pay for everything anymore,” Ballard explained.

With that, she and other volunteers returned to cashing out customers as shoppers lined up with their newfound treasures.

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