Bainbridge Elementary students shopped locally.
They never even had to leave the premises.
The school held its Santa's Workshop last week, enabling students to complete their Christmas shopping lists at bargain prices.
Fourth grader Anna Rando said she enjoyed shopping for her dad, mom, and her favorite teacher.
"I wanted to get something good thing for dad that he can use, something cool and nice for my mom, and something fun for my favorite teacher," she said.
First grader Chase Freburger shopped for family members including his dad and mom, and yes, even his sister, although he was wearing a sweatshirt that read "My Sister is Getting Coal This Year!!!"
Santa's Workshop, which ran for three days, was made possible by the school's PTO.
"We mainly do it because the kids like it," PTO president Michele Crockett said. "They like to take ownership of buying their gifts to put under the tree."
The planning began in July when Crockett contracted with Delaware vendor Visions of Sugar Plum to acquire the items available for sale. The merchandise was delivered the day before Thanksgiving and it takes a day to set things up in a classroom. Having the vendor nearby allows the school to reorder popular items daily. Once Santa's Workshop is over, volunteers do inventory and pack the remaining items for next year.
Crockett says the event is not a fundraiser. The PTO stands to generate less than $100 through Santa's Workshop. Crockett said it is more important to make sure the gifts are affordable. She requests many less expensive items. The gifts are then wrapped by PTO members.
Bainbridge's PTO, comprised of 126 members, is active throughout the year. "We have a great group of parents here at the school," Crockett said.
The PTO sponsors family movie nights, family dances, laps for learning, and the school's behavior incentive program. It also pays $5 per student to supplement the cost of field trips, partially funds the fifth grade promotion ceremony, holds a back to school luncheon, and treats the staff during teacher appreciation week.
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