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Classrooms benefited at this year's Holiday Bazaar at Lewis Elementary in Woodstock

RITA A. LEONARD - Lewis Holiday Bazaar co-coordinator Foy White-Chu showed some of the Holiday swags for sale this year. Hundreds of shoppers turned out on December 2nd in Woodstock for Lewis Elementary School's eighth annual Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale. This year, the big fundraiser featured 75 vendors, a PTA snack sale, Holiday trees and swags, live music, a children's craft area, and raffle tickets for a package of four Park-Hopper-passes to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.

A co-coordinator this year, Foy White-Chu, told THE BEE that that the funds raised were slated specifically for classroom support. "Our aim this year is three-fold," she smiled. "We want to support Lewis Elementary with classroom projects, technology, and the Arts."

Dedicated volunteers in the school's rainy parking lot oversaw the sale of Holiday fir trees obtained from a farm in Boring. A Santa-hatted parent, Gordon Bell, rain-soaked but cheerful, helped buyers trim and load their trees onto their vehicles. "I've had three kids attend this school; the youngest is in second grade," he reflected. "Lewis has such a great spirit of supportive parents. By noon, nearly all of our trees were sold!"

A tent at the entry was redolent of the inviting smell of Kettle Corn. Live music by the "School of Rock House Band" drew visitors to the gym, where some vendors had chosen to set up. Due to the large number of vendor booths, tables were set up in halls, gym and cafeteria – displaying a variety of jewelry, leather items, artwork, toys, winter wear, aprons, books, stationery, cosmetics, soaps, jam, and trail mix.

Some PTA volunteers sold T-shirts, Chinook Books, and raffle tickets. Others sold Holiday wreaths, swags, baked goods, coffee, and hot cocoa. Additional live music was presented by Renegade Rose, and the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band. Twenty-nine kid vendors sold a creative array of "mason bee" houses, slime, paper cranes, caramels, ornaments, catapults, marshmallow launchers, cookie-mix-in-a-jar, fidgets, maracas, comic books, and snacks.

Foy White-Chu happily surveyed the crowds of excited shoppers. "This is going to be a great fund-raiser," she exclaimed. "I think we did a better job of advertising this year." [Full disclosure: The Bazaar was also advertised in THE BEE this year.]

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