BA students learn skills for upcoming craft fair
By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Nov. 19, 2012
Bacon Academy students will be putting their knowledge to the test in the real world of business on Dec. 8. On that Saturday, the first Sleigh Bells Arts and Crafts Fair takes place at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will be involved helping out vendors and being vendors themselves.
This craft fair was the brain child of Donna Kaik, a culinary instructor, and Jo-Ann Campbell, a graphic arts teacher at the school. Both teachers have been involved in past craft shows as vendors. Classes that have been involved in making crafts for the fair include fashion class, in which students researched, designed and developed some of their own scarves to sell, Kaik said.
One of Kaik's classes will be selling breakfast and lunch items off a menu the class created, while another baking class will be selling holiday cookies they personally made, she said.
Kaik said that a few of the vendors are parents of students, which makes it a localized event. “It’s a really nice community event,” Kaik said.
Sophomore Olivia Nicholas, who is in the fashion class that is creating the scarves, said the class booth is called “Once Upon a Scarf.” She said the class started making scarves in the middle of October and has made about 50 so far. These scarves, of different varieties, are for anybody. It takes about a half hour for each student to make a scarf by hand, Nicholas said.
“I think it’s good because we get to work at it,” Nicholas said about the craft fair. “I feel like it’s a good experience to be able to run our booth.” She added that she believes it will help her when she has a job later in life. "I never really thought about that, but doing this now, I feel like it's something I like and I might want to try when I'm older," she said.
Kaik said the money students make at their booths will be going back into their classrooms. There will be about 50 vendors represented at the event, which takes place at the school, located at 611 Norwich Ave. The vendors are listed on the show’s website, http://www.sleighbellsfair.com/.