Saturday, December 1st from 9 am to 4 pm the American Sign Language Club at Emerald Ridge High School is hosting their second annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. The event is located at Emerald Ridge High School’s commons located at 12405 184th Street East South Hill, WA 98374. Jessica Mattson, ASL Instructor and Club Advisor at Emerald Ridge High School, explained the number of vendors at the bazaar, “We use the term “participants”. We have a capacity of 65 participants, and expect to reach capacity again this year. We accept handmade and retail items. There will be a variety of items ranging from crafts, jewelry, decor, artwork and more. We will have four ERHS staff members participating this year: Mitch Noll, RedMoonOrigami.Blogspot.com; Jackie Ferry, Touchstone Crystal; Sylvia Snow, DoTerra; and myself, Jessica Mattson, Facebook.com/iDontCookOrClean.”
The bazaar will have free parking, admission, and childcare (childcare is provided from the American Sign Language students; children must be potty trained and parents may not leave the school grounds.) Please note that acceptable forms of payment will vary by participant. The public is encouraged to bring cash as there will not be a cash machine on-site.
Jessica explained how the bazaar is a fundraiser, “I have personally participated in a few local craft bazaars and thought it would be fun and beneficial to host a bazaar of our own at Emerald Ridge High School. The proceeds from this event support the Emerald Ridge High School American Sign Language Club, which provides guest speakers to our classrooms and American Sign Language performers for our students and local Deaf community.”
Jessica commented on the bazaar: “I am very impressed with the quality of this bazaar. It’s an enormous amount of work to organize, but so far the event has been smooth, productive, and fun.”
One of Jessica’s favorite things about the bazaar is the involvement from the American Sign Language students, “They are eager and willing to volunteer at this event; providing free childcare activities, assisting the participants with set-up/tear-down/breaks, etc. They run the Emerald Ridge High School American Sign Language Club table, and even stand at the main intersections with posters directing the public toward our event. I have students who will volunteer with me from 7 am to 6 pm. It’s wonderful to see our students contribute toward this fundraiser so our club can offer amazing experiences for our program.”
Jessica mentioned an interesting tidbit about the bazaar: “The Tacoma Sertoma Club will be providing a Signing Santa Claus from approximately 3 to 4 pm. Santa can speak and uses Sign Language. K.Dub Photography (owned and operated by Emerald Ridge High School senior, Kayla Walker) will provide photos with Santa.”
Jessica discussed how the bazaar was unique compared to others, “Our event is a fundraiser for the Emerald Ridge High School American Sign Language Club. We also provide American Sign Language activities for children so parents can shop without interruption, and their children have a fun and educational outlet. I also feel our price is very reasonable– we ask a $20 donation per participant table.”
When asked who she recommended visit the bazaar, Jessica replied, “Everyone! We will have a large variety of items in various price ranges. We encourage each participant to have a $1 item for stocking stuffers and youth shoppers.”
For more information about the event, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#!/events/544787215536437/
We will have another event, American Sign Language Kid’s Camp, for elementary students in kindergarten through sixth grade in the spring. It’s really great!” Jessica concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com