NCS has students’ holiday shopping all wrapped up

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– To help young shoppers who may not be able to get the mall to shop for presents for their families, the elementary wing of the Northfield Community School took on the look of a little gift shop last week.

Tables were piled with baskets filled with book markers, flashlights, piggy banks, dog toys, bouncy balls, picture frames and other inexpensive items that would make suitable gifts for mom, dad, sister, brother – or the family pet.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade came down last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to shop.

“We actually had right around 5,000 items for the children to choose from,” said Karen Sharkey, chairwoman for Parent Teacher Organization’s annual holiday shop. The event makes a very modest profit for the PTO, but Sharkey said it is really for the kids to have the chance to choose affordable gifts for the people on their gift list.

“It makes them feel good to come and choose a present for someone special and have it wrapped up,” she said.

Jewelry is always a big seller, she said, and this year rings, bracelets and necklaces with big stones in them were a hit.

“The kids love to buy jewelry for their moms and their grandmas,” said Sharkey, who is in her fifth year of running the holiday shop.

But the biggest seller this year was pet toys, including bird toys and fish nets that sold out the first day, along with cat toys and chew toys for the dog.

Though much of the merchandise comes from one supplier, Sharkey said Tilton Dollar Store is also a great community resource. She said she looks for bargains all through the year to purchase for the shop.

Isabelle Vandenberg used the money she earns doing chores to do her holiday shopping. She picked up something for her brother and sister and her two dogs. She was still searching for something for her dad as the rest of her class was finishing up.

The holiday shop afforded students in the whole elementary school a chance to do their looking and buying for Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanza over the course of three days.

Photos by Suzanne Marino

  Savon Brown, a second-grader at the Northfield Community School, looks for a gift for her sister.





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