Annual Holiday Bazaar boosts David Douglas scholarship funds

Here’s why lots of folks include this event, as they start their Holiday shopping …

Lots of folks start their serious Christmas shopping here, at the David Douglas Holiday Bazaar.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
As they have for years, volunteers with the David Douglas High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) held a Holiday Bazaar on the first weekend in December – which this year fell on December 1.

“We have 85 vendors with us today,” said PTSA President and Senior All-night Party Committee Chair Renee Wells. “And, we have some beautiful stuff. I am so impressed by all the crafts and merchandise presented by our vendors this year. It’s really neat!”

Gathered in the kitchen for a photo are DDHS PTSA volunteers: (back row) Renee Wells and Julie Jackson, (front row) Linda Holub and Dawn Waddington.

Vendor Sarah Harrah sells her unique “Chalk-Board Mugs” at the bazaar.

It’s a massive undertaking, Wells confided to East Portland News. “But, we have lots of great parent volunteers who have stepped up to help. About 25 students and 10 parents worked to put on the event.

“Our Holiday Bazaar is the main fundraiser for the school’s Senior Scholarship Fund,” Wells added. “Every year we give out $500 scholarships. Our goal with this project is to raise $3,000.”

DDHS Seniors and volunteers Maya Baker-Freid and Emma Tippery help out at the “Kids’ Crafts” art table.

Beyond raising money, Wells added, “The best part for me is seeing the community come together. It provides a great opportunity for the students and parents to interact with neighbors.”

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