Opening the doors at Wood Middle School
Inza R. Wood Middle School's Holiday Pop-up Market Dec. 6 was more than just a chance to purchase gifts during the holiday season, it provided a chance for the community to hear student musicians and be a part of opening the doors at Wood.
The market — which brought in 20 community vendors and provided a meal for families donated by the Rotary Club of Wilsonville — doubled as a fundraiser for Wood's Opening Doors Campaign, where the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is raising funds to create an access point to the school's outdoor courtyard from the library. The library's window configuration would be replaced with an exterior double door package.
"The Opening Doors Campaign is so exciting because it will benefit nearly 100 percent of the students on campus," said Carrie Lawler, parent volunteer and president of the PTSA. "For a relatively minimal investment in the building, there are so many opportunities for students to interact with a space that is already existing in our school."
The capital project — which was launched in November — is projected to cost about $10,000.
The proceeds from the meal and the cost of the vendor tables contributed to the campaign. Prior to the pop-up market, $4,000 had been raised.
"We have made this opening doors a priority because if a moment outside in the fresh air can alleviate, even for a moment, some of the pressures faced by the students and faculty in today's society, then that is a huge reward for us," said Liz Lesh, one of the parent volunteers who helped organize the holiday market this year.
The courtyard currently sits between the library, science classrooms and the special education classrooms, but is only accessible by one of the science classrooms — which means access is limited to all students.
Once the space is more accessible, science teachers would like to create a garden area where students could study plant life. Art teachers want to line the walls with student artwork and the space would also provide a quiet outdoor space for students to escape.
Though PTSA members said money raised from the market will not bring significant funds to the campaign, Lesh thought it would be a good night to host it since several families were going to be at the school for Wood's large band concert that combined all grade levels.
For decades the pop-up market had been on Saturdays but the Thursday evening switch-up was a success. Vendors included The Henry Soap Co., Revere Artisan Bakery, and students who created gifts like slime and jewelry, sold items while Wood's different musical ensembles and Innovative Dance — an outside group that involves many Wood students — took turns on the stage before the evening band concert.
Lesh was glad to have Kena Grace Boutique selling at the market because it's owned by a local family from Villebois and a majority of the fashion boutique's proceeds go toward single working moms.
"I am so amazed by our incredible team that pulled off such a great community event," Lawler said. "Our school was filled with our students performing and demonstrating their skills, their families who came to hear great music, eat a wonderful dinner and get support (from) our local businesses with their holiday shopping. The Rotary was wonderful and made fantastic omelettes and pancakes for dinner."
Though expenses and income from the event have not yet been tallied, Lawler said it exceeded the PTSA's expectations.