Kibler Student Craft Sale and Raffle

December 4, 2006

A craft sale and raffle is held at Kibler every year during the first week of December. This year it is Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. The students in Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patrick's third grade classes have been working hard for several weeks making crafts to sell.

Some of the supplies for the crafts are purchased with a grant from the Kibler PTA. Parents in the 2 classes donate raffle items such as DVDs, gift sets, Starbucks cards, holiday wreaths, etc. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each. The students advertise for the sale by making posters and hanging them up around the school. They also price and advertise for the individual crafts by creating signs that are at the sale.

After school on sale day, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patrick set up for the sale and run it during the evening. All families at Kibler are invited to attend. Many sales come from the raffle tickets that are sold to staff before the sale and by those attending the sale. Winners do not need to be present to win.

The money raised is used to purchase toys to donate to Enumclaw Cops for Kids. The money raised between both of the classes is divided up between the children to spend for toys at the Bonney Lake Target store. They ride a school bus to Bonney Lake on shopping day. Students keep track of what they are buying so it stays in their budget (counting money, rounding, estimating tax). All the students go through a special line at Target and each child gets his/her toys bagged individually. After all students have gone through the line, the purchased toys are paid for with a purchase order. With bagged toys in hand the classes head back to school.

A few days later, they walk with their bagged toys to the Enumclaw Police Station to deliver them. The officers really praise the kids for a job well done and the students get a tour of the facilities and a police car.

The Enumclaw Cops for Kids program wraps the gifts and distributes them to local families in need according to age and gender. Usually, the teachers ask them before shopping what they are most in need of and pass this on to the kids.

Some of the extra, unsold crafts are taken to the Evergreen Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center and given to the residents. These two classes have a special bond with the residents at this facility since they walk there once a month and read with the residents.