JACKSON TWP. Jackson High School’s Key Club held its annual Craft Show with 73 vendors on Nov.18. Jennifer Koladin, college credit plus English instructor, and Key Club sponsor, wrote in an email that more than 2,700 people attended.
The Key Club holds the craft show every year to raise money to help the club achieve its objectives of training future leaders by offering Key Leader camp scholarships for students to attend local and regional Key Club events. Students in the Key Club volunteer to help with the craft show throughout the day.
Koladin wrote that the show has grown over the years and now averages between 70 and 80 vendors every year. Attendance has also grown.
"I try to improve the show each time to make the experience as best as possible for the vendors and the customers. Even with the major rain storms this year, we still had awesome community support from our shoppers," she said.
Members hold a bake sale and this year raised $2,000. Each club member donates two dozen homemade cookies or baked goods for the sale. They also ask each vendor to donate one item for a raffle and part of the money the club raises each year comes from selling raffle tickets.
"I always say the Key Club holds a craft show just so we can have a bake sale," Koladin wrote. "Without the help of the dedicated student volunteers, we could never run the craft show as efficiently as we do. The vendors always rave about the helpfulness and kindness of the Key Club members. Plus, we couldn’t do the show without the help of the awesome custodial staff at Jackson High School who help us setup and tear down the show."
A few of the vendors this year included:
Baby Bee - Bernadette Flesher - Baby slippers, tie dye onesies, sensory toys, flannel blankets
Barb's Bunny Hutch for Crafts and Such - Barb Cyphert - Repurposed glassware as one-of-a-kind garden art, tea cup bird feeders, tea pot bird houses, plate flowers, garden owls, angels and mushrooms
Belle Fete Bags - Connie Barnes and Melissa Thomas - sparkly, silky gorgeous bags and totes for girls of all ages
Kara's Canine Creations - Kara Firestone - Handmade dog and cat items. Dog coats, bandanas, belly bands, catnip toys and catnip mats and more!
Lea's Flower Patch - Ada Keim - Plate flowers, bird feeders and decorated old windows using dishes, jewelry and candle holders
Paper Planet Wearables - Marie McGlathery - jewelry made from recycled paper
Rally Around George - Theresa Nelson - Totes, Children's craft totes, crocheted scarves, sock monkeys and lambs, badge holders, leather and corded bracelets
Schloneger, Allison - hand-thrown pottery including bowls, vases, mugs. Wood turned bowls and handcrafted cutting boards
Winterfolk Whimsy - Jan Dahler and Julie Bolanz - Folkart snowmen & Santas, upcycled vintage, wood recycled, gourds - handpainted and wood burned
In addition to raising money for scholarships for members, the Key Club donates to the sponsoring organization, Belden Village Kiwanis Miles for Kids Run. The run is held in May and benefits Pathway Caring for Children in Stark County.
There are 139 Key Club members. The club is chartered by Key Club International through Kiwanis International. Core values of the group include leadership, character, caring and inclusiveness.
According to www.keyclub.org, "the Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership."