St. Mary-St. Joseph School sale goes on despite the weather
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Organizer Holly Holland said that Dec. 14 marked the 14th annual holiday craft sale for the St. Mary-St. Joseph School in Willimantic. The school serves students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and is affiliated with the St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic parishes.
“This is the first year that we’ve ever had to deal with snow,” said Holland, referring to a storm that the National Weather Service was calling the region’s “first major winter storm of the season.” Organizers had voted the previous Thursday evening to go on with the sale. The snow began falling, albeit lightly, early on Saturday morning. “It’s been a bit of a nightmare,” said Holland, adding that out of 90 tables pre-registered, about 15 vendors had cancelled. Vendors consisted of adult crafters from the community, as well as the more enterprising members of the school’s student population.
Among the student entrepreneurs were sixth-grader Alex and his fifth-grade brother, Gabe. The pair had learned to sew, and were selling covers for iPads, iPhones and other electronic devices. “My iPad was always getting scratched,” explained Alex. So he whipped up a simple cover for himself, made from an old t-shirt. “And then we decided to sell them,” said Alex.
The proceeds from the annual sale, said Holland, go annually toward helping to keep tuition down. “By doing the sale, we also get people into the school. It gets our name out there,” said Holland. The turnout this year was not too bad, “considering the weather,” said Holland.