By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
Rolesville High School’s PTSA anticipates great success when they sponsor their first Reindeer Day holiday fair. Scheduled to be held at the school on Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., it promises to be a memorable community event in time to kick off the holiday season.
“Being a brand new school, Reindeer Day is an incredible way for the whole school to come together,” said PTSA President Sheri Williams. “The PTSA is putting it on, the Boosters will be there with concessions, and the Student Government and other student-led clubs will have booths. Then the community gets to come in, see the school, and be a part of it all.”
A committee of 10 is working to set up the event, and there were close to 50 vendors that had already signed up as of this writing. Williams came up with the idea of Reindeer Day based on other high schools such as Wakefield, which presets Mistletoe Market, and Sanderson, which puts on Holly Days.
Vendors that have signed up will be selling a wide range of gift ideas, including hair accessories, monogrammed items, baked goods, memory books, hosiery, homemade signs, and personalized protection. Shoppers will also find holiday wreaths for their front doors, ornaments of all kinds, and mesh angels to make their season bright.
Alongside the vendors will be businesses with informational booths, including Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Scentsy, SteamPro NC, and others.
The PTSA hopes to have at least 75 booths in place. The deadline for vendors to apply for a booth is October 15.
The purpose behind the event is to initiate a scholarship fund for RHS students in need. The scholarships will be awarded starting with the Class of 2016, and the goal is to have them in place so that each year’s Reindeer Day will help to fund the following year’s graduating students.
“We’re very excited about this,” Williams said. “We want to help the B and C students who come to school, work very hard to apply themselves, and would like to go to college but who struggle at home. With just a different set of circumstances, this scholarship might help them to say, ‘Hey, maybe I CAN go to college.’ It might not be much, but it might be something to get them started.”
Other than the money used to help launch the first event, money raised by the vendor booth fee and the $2 admission fee will go toward the scholarship fund.
Reindeer Day will also assist the newly instituted Backpack Buddies program at the school, which is the first and only program of its kind for teens in Wake County. Those attending may also bring one non-perishable food item to donate to Backpack Buddies to gain admission to the fair.
“We want this to be an event where we can give back to the community,” Williams said. “The admission in part helps Backpack Buddies, the booth fees help the scholarship fund, and the whole event brings the school together with the community.”
For further information about the Rolesville High School PTSA, Reindeer Day, and the vendor application, go to rolesvillehsptsa.com.