By Chase Jordan
A one-stop shopping event at Clinton High School will allow customers to buy Christmas gifts for family and friends and in the process, they’ll help hundreds of students.
Clinton High School’s fifth annual Jingle Mingle Market is scheduled for 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the school, 340 Indian Town Road. Admission is $4 and the event will feature many vendors selling a variety of items. Some of them include clothing, soaps, candles, food products, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, home decor products and Christmas items.
Proceeds will benefit programs and organizations as the school. Many clubs at CHS will be involved in the market along with vendors such as Younique, Pampered Chef, Scensty, Royal Gifts and James Trading Company. Some of the other attractions will include a book fair, face painting and Santa Claus.
Senior Kensley Sutton, Miss Clinton High School, is involved at several clubs such as the Technology Student Association and Student Government Ambassadors. Funds from the event helps students such as Sutton, who mentioned the costs associated with a TSA convention next year. During Jingle Mingle, she will be assisting vendors at Jingle Mingle. It will be her fourth time helping out with Jingle Mingle.
“I love Christmas, it’s my favorite holiday,” Sutton said. “It’s exciting, Jingle Mingle kind of starts the Christmas season since it’s so early.”
Nichole Spell, a TSA senior student, believes it’s a great opportunity for everyone to come out and enjoy the Christmas Spirit. While basking in the atmosphere of Jingle Mingle, Spell is looking forward to receiving financial assistance for the technology organization.
“Usually, we use some of the money that we fundraise from this event to support us going to state competitions to get the items we need,” Spell said. “For state competitions, we do a lot of things that require expensive materials and we don’t have the money to pay for that and this helps out a lot.”
Christy Bullard, library media specialist and chair of the event, is looking forward to another successful year.
“We had a good number of vendors and we had a good crowd,” Bullard said about the estimated 700 people who partook in Jingle Mingle during the previous holiday season. “We’re hoping to have more than we had last year.”
In 2014, the fundraiser was held in early December, but with a November date, Bullard believes the event will allow shoppers to get an early start.
“Most of the time people have their shopping done before December gets here,” Bullard said. Hopefully with it being a little earlier, we can draw a bigger crowd.”
Now in its fifth year, the idea began with local teachers selling products in the media center to other staff members. Bullard and technology teacher Susan Kennedy took it a step further with the Jingle Mingle Market to provide a one stop shopping location.
Bullard said a lot of the organizations such as the science club is currently preparing for the upcoming event. The group is making plant terrariums to sell to customers.
During Christmas time, Bullard enjoys the treats such as chocolates and unique items such as apple pie scented candles.
“Those are the kinds of things that you’re going to be able to buy at the Jingle Mingle Market,” Bullard said. “I like to give. This is an opportunity to give gifts to people, but it’s also an opportunity to give back to the school.”
Committee member and math teacher Sabrina Reeves said it’s the perfect opportunity for people to come out and support the high school and local vendors.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Reeves said. “You can get some Christmas shopping done, food and it’s a wonderful opportunity to support the local school.”
Additional information about the event is available on Facebook by typing “CHS Jingle Mingle Market” in the search bar. A commercial airing through Star Communications is available online at https://vimeo.com/143662330. Additional vendors may sign up for the event by contacting Bullard by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school at 910-592-2067.
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