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Holly Martin snuggles with some of the crafts that will be for sale Saturday at Spring Street Academy.
AMHERST – Tight budgets at public schools mean that fundraisers go a long way to help keep extracurricular programs up to date.
“The proceeds from the donations at the door, from the table rental, and from the students table goes to the athletic department of Spring Street Academy,” said Holly Martin, craft sale organizer at Spring Street.
This is the second year Martin has organized a craft sale at the school.
“Last year the students raised $749, which they used to purchase new equipment,” said Martin.
The idea for the craft sale came up while chatting over a cup of coffee.
“We were chatting about how there’s not many craft shows and we thought if we raised money for Spring Street they might let us use the gymnasium for free, and (School Principal Aaron) Mr. Stubbert said, ‘sure, go for it,' and that’s how it came about.”
A large variety of crafts will be available.
“There’s a lot of homemade jewelry, knitting, woodwork, sewing, and there’s hooked rugs and quilts,” said Martin.
They are also accepting donations
“We’re encouraging anybody who has anything they’d like to donate to the students table to do so,” said Martin. “There’s grandparents that knit mittens and socks, so we’re encouraging them to donate items to the students table.”
The craft sale is Saturday at Spring Street Academy from 10 a.m. to3 p.m.