Chaplin celebrates the holiday season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Chaplin - posted Wed., Dec. 7, 2011
Isabelle was a big fan of Wednesday, an assistance dog hanging out in the gift room at the Chaplin Elementary School Craft Fair on Dec. 3. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Isabelle was a big fan of Wednesday, an assistance dog hanging out in the gift room at the Chaplin Elementary School Craft Fair on Dec. 3. Photos by Melanie Savage.

An event that seems to grow larger every year, the Chaplin Elementary School Craft Show this year drew a total of 55 vendors occupying 62 tables, on Dec. 3. The show is part of a holiday-themed weekend for the town, which also held a wreath-making event at the library and a tree-lighting ceremony at the fire house.

The craft show, which had vendors lined up in the school cafeteria and hallways, is a major fundraiser for the school, raising money to help pay for student activities such as field trips, class supplies and assemblies, according to PTO President Anne Marie Charland.

Breakfast with Santa, held at the same time, “benefits the sixth grade class,” said Charland. The breakfast pays for a multi-day field trip to Nature’s Classroom in Massachusetts, a trip which costs parents in surrounding towns $350 per student. “If not for the breakfast, that’s what it would cost here, too,” said Charland. “For kids in Chaplin, the trip is paid for.”

Among the vendors at the show was the Chaplin Elementary School Coin Collecting Club (they received their table space gratis). Fourth-grader Aidan was dutifully attempting to draw customers to the table by holding up a sign announcing the club raffle. “I joined the club this year,” said Aidan. “I like it pretty much.”

Club advisor Marty Hanyckyj said that the aim of the raffle was to earn money to buy coin folders for next year’s group. “We’re doing all right,” said Hanyckyj. “We’ll find out at the end of the day how well they did.”

Hanyckyj said that coin collecting teaches kids lessons in history, and provides an activity that’s appropriate for the elementary age level. Currently, the club is working on collecting Lincoln pennies from 1959 to the present. “That’s a doable task,” said Hanyckyj. “It gives them a sense of accomplishment.”

Upcoming events for the Chaplin Elementary School PTO include a plant sale and a 5K road race, both of which are scheduled for May.


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