Photo by Heather Middleton
By Curt Yeomans
Morrow Elementary School fourth-graders and twin sisters, Daysha and Domanic Daniels, showed each other some ceramic figurines, candle holders and jars on Thursday morning, in an effort to find just the right gift for their grandmother.
"Our grandmother likes glass stuff so we're trying find something like that," said Domanic Daniels, 10.
The sisters were shopping in the Santa Shop hosted by the school's Parent-Teacher Association on the stage in the school's cafeteria. The shop opened Monday with approximately 500 items, all of which cost less than $3 per item, said PTA President Irene Lewis. Thursday was the last day students could purchase items at the shop, but Lewis said teachers will be able to purchase items today.
The items available for purchase ranged from stocking stuffers, like shoeshine kits and eyeglasses repair kits, to larger gift items, such as body wash and soap, glass jars, candles, ceramic figurines and calendars.
"We do the Santa Workshop every year," Lewis said. "This year was especially special because of the economy ... We try to make it not too expensive so they [the students] can come in here, and get something nice to give someone for Christmas."
Money made from the shop will be used to help Morrow Elementary School officials pay for projects at the school, Lewis said. She said the total amount of money has not yet been counted, but she expects the PTA made a profit of "a few hundred dollars."
There were only about 100 items left to sell on Thursday morning.
Fifth-grader Jataya Fowlkes, 11, said she liked the low prices, and convenience of the Santa Shop being in the school because it made it easier for her to buy gifts for her mother, father and brother.
"I like the fact that I can get a few things for a small amount of money instead of spending a lot of money on Christmas presents that are expensive," Fowlkes said.
As Daysha and Domanic Daniels weighed their options on what to buy their grandmother, they finally decided that each of them would buy items that could be mixed and matched with items bought by the other. Those items are not being named to protect their identities until Christmas Day.
"I think she's going to enjoy receiving these," Daysha Daniels said.