The Clinton Dark Horses know that Santa is not the only one who has lots of presents to get ready this holiday season. To help the local community with their own Christmas shopping, Clinton High School is hosting its 2nd annual holiday shopping extravaganza, the Jingle Mingle Market.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, and again Sunday, Dec. 9, everyone is invited to come to the CHS atrium and main gym and shop at the booths of local vendors. “Last year, we had 50 vendors,” says Susan Kennedy, Clinton High School teacher and coordinator of the Jingle Mingle Market. “There were booths with wreaths, birdhouses, ornaments, jewelry, baked goods, and many small gift items.”
Shoppers also have the opportunity to enter a raffle, win door prizes donated by vendors, and have their picture taken with Santa.
A visit to the market is a great way to check items off your Christmas shopping list while also supporting the local community. “There are great financial benefits,” says Kennedy. “Not only do the local vendors get to earn a little extra for the holidays, but also shopping local keeps more money in the community. It helps our neighbors.”
As Clinton High School’s main fundraiser, proceeds from the Jingle Mingle Market also help local students. “In the past, the money has been used to purchase paper, calculators, the day-to-day things we need for school,” says Kennedy. However, she points out that the event has a much greater impact on students. “This fundraiser is great for the students because they get to take ownership of a school event and demonstrate leadership,” explains Kennedy. “It’s a way for them to be involved and give back to their school.”
Indeed, CHS students are a vital part of the fundraiser. They have been working for several weeks making items to sell, and many will be at the market to lend a helping hand. “We have student volunteers that will be available to help vendors unload and set up,” says Kennedy. “They will also just be around during the day to help in whatever ways they can. If a vendor needs to go to the restroom or take a break, a student can stand in for them at their booth.”
The success of last year’s inaugural Jingle Mingle Market made the decision to do it again this year an easy one. “Last year, we had great community involvement,” says Kennedy. “We want it to grow into a huge event, so we need the community’s continued support.”
The Jingle Mingle Market will be open from 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. Sunday. There is a $3 admission fee; $2 for teachers.
If you are interested in being a vendor or if you have any further questions about the Jingle Mingle Market, contact Susan Kennedy at SKennedy@clinton.k12.nc.us.
Lauren Williams can reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 123 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.