LANSING | Some 14 special education students at Thornton Fractional South High School on Friday held their annual Christmas holiday bazaar, at which they sell items they made to raise money for a local charitable cause.
This year, the students of 353 Rebels Inc. plan to donate $353 to the Lansing Food Pantry, based on the proceeds from their morning sale in the grand lobby of the high school, 18500 Burnham Ave.
Sales were brisk, as many students and faculty were on hand when the bazaar opened at 9 a.m. By 11 a.m., there were just a few items left for sale, such as handmade toys for pets.
Among the items that were for sale, according to speech pathologist Kelly Ruckert, were scarves made by the students.
The point of this event, according to special education teacher Jen Gross, is to give the students some experience in making things that can be of practical use, and also to expose them to the idea of retail.
Student Dakota Enloe, a sophomore, who worked the cash register for the event, said he enjoyed himself, even though the pace of the job was more than he expected.
"I didn't think things would sell so fast," he said.
Officials could not say how much money was raised by this year's event, which is the fourth such bazaar held by the special education students. Gross said last year's event raised a little more than $1,000 and she was hopeful this year's event would do as well.
Ruckert said any proceeds from the event beyond the $353 donation to the food pantry would be used to cover expenses for a future bazaar.
Ruckert said there is talk of trying to expand the event and allow local residents to come in to buy items.
"We'd like to do more," she said. "This has potential to be a nice arts and crafts fair."
But for the time being, it is a Christmas-themed event, with one table consisting of assorted sweets carrying a holiday theme — including one item billed as "Reindeer Poop."
Looking like a white lump, it actually consists of marshmallows.
Destiny Lopez, a senior, insists it is edible.
"It sounds gross, but you can eat it," she said.