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Shaler Middle School fair to introduce clubs, groups to community

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Shaler Area Middle School is inviting the community to get to know Shaler Area vendors and district groups.

The middle school parent teacher organization will host the inaugural Vendor and Craft Fair this month, on Saturday, Oct. 26, that also will feature informational stations on school clubs, teams and arts groups.

“We realized that the homecoming celebration gives a lot of community exposure for the district but it's a very contained timeline,” said Amy Mendicino, who is organizing the event.

“We wanted to try to give a second opportunity for some of the people who can't visit those booths (at homecoming) … to find out about those organizations.”

The middle school parent teacher organization is taking over the vendor fair, which had been held previously at the Shaler Area Elementary School since 2008. In its first year at the middle school, the event is growing to offer more vendors and expanding to include the district and booster groups.

District groups will have information about their club, organization or sport available for visitors as well as season and concert schedules and merchandise for sale.

“We're trying to raise some kind of community awareness and show the community what the students in our schools are doing and accomplishing,” Mendicino said.

Eileen Phillips, who is working to book the vendors, said as of the end of September, there already were 55 tables filled by vendors with room to expand to 80 vendor tables.

There also will be a Chinese auction with items donated from each vendor, a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale and refreshments available for purchase.

Proceeds from the table sales and refreshment sales will benefit the middle school students and help fund field trips, building incentives or class parties.

“Vendor fairs are a good way to bring home crafted or small business items to the community, and I think that will be well received by Shaler Area,” Mendicino said.

“We welcome any and all communities to come and take a good look and do some early holiday shopping.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or

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