By Anne Marie Amacher
DAVENPORT — With change in hand, kindergarteners through fifth-graders took turns buying homemade gifts for their family at a Christmas bazaar hosted by St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School sixth-graders.
Sixth-graders have hosted the annual bazaar for years, said teacher Tara McCabe. Students divided into groups in their social studies class to decide what item or items they wanted to sell. Then they figured out costs for materials and designed a PowerPoint computer slideshow and written proposal to present to loan officers from Quad City Bank and Trust.
Students Jon Herrington and Bret Kopp said they were nervous asking the bankers for a $100 loan for their project. “After a while it became fun talking with them,” Harrington said. The group made snowmen with Rolo candies inside fleece and pet rocks decorated for the holidays.
Josie Bedard and Dylan Peeters also were nervous, but relaxed as they and fellow team members Spencer Goree and Rachel Lucas made their presentation to the loan officers. That group went for a loan of $55 to make candy cane pals (candy canes with pipe cleaners to make them look like reindeer) and snowball hair ties (hair ties with colorful poms attached). Josie said the loan officer suggested the group raise the price of their hair ties, and approved their loan. The group produced both items in bulk and also added holiday lanyards that could be used as bracelets.
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