Inaugural Christmas Bazaar underway

Published 11:48 am Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The inaugural Court House Christmas Holiday Bazaar is coming to Central Middle School Dec. 1. The event will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

According to Bacon District Elementary School K-5 Math Specialist Duffie Jones, the event is a fundraiser to help with the school’s 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Bacon-District Elementary School (BDES) previously received a 21st century grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

The school was only one of two schools in region 8 to receive the honor for the 2018-19 school year said Jones previously.

“We will have food trucks on-site, as well as many vendors,” she said.

As of last week, Jones said about 25 vendors had already committed with cash and carry items.

“We will have live Christmas greens to purchase and many handmade crafts,” she said. “We will be raffling off a Yeti 45 cooler and will have a $100 drawing.

A press release from the VDOE said 29 grants in total were awarded across the Commonwealth of Virginia and will fund community learning centers to provide opportunities in the academics field, enrichments and opportunity.

“The competitive grants can range from $50,000 to $200,000 and will allow school divisions, faith-based organizations and community groups to provide students with tutoring, enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs, and literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children,” said the release. “VDOE also is continuing to fund 83 programs that received initial grants in 2016 and 2017. The centers will operate before and after school, during school breaks, Saturdays and during summer vacation.”

Jones previously said the BDES program was granted $178,658 per year for a three year period, totaling $535,974.

At that time, she said through the program, the school has partnered with local organizations such as the Charlotte County Department of Social Services, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department, Drakes Farm and Home, Mecklenburg Electric, Charlotte County Public Schools Food Service Program, Southside Soil and Water Conservation District, Randolph-Henry High School and John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir.

The partnerships will help provide programs for parents and students in the community.

“Parents will be offered the opportunity to get CPR certified, get their GED, and will be able to attend financial literacy programs, literacy programs, healthy eating and active lifestyle training, drug, violence and truancy prevention,” said Jones previously.

The VDOE release said each recipient was encouraged to involve community organizations, as well as parents when creating the programs.

“We certainly hope we will have a great turnout,” said Jones referring to the inaugural Christmas event.