On Saturday, December 9th, Leonia High School hosted its very first Holiday Market. Starting at noon and ending at 4 pm, the day was a huge success with many showing up to shop from any of the over 40 vendors that were there. It was hosted with the intent of raising money for the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes, while also bringing the community together with a fun holiday event. Vendors paid $30 to set up a table at the event and an entrance fee of $5 was collected, all of which went into the underclassmen student council funds.
Miss DeLorenzo, one of the organizers of the event, said, “There was something for everyone. It was a great way for people in the community to shop and get ahead on some Christmas shopping.”
Local small businesses Chakras Chix and Kindred Yoga and Wellness were happy to participate and said that it was nice to be able to be part of the Leonia community.
Natalia Kasmanov ‘25, a student representative from the LHS Fine Arts Academy said, “We are having a great time connecting with people and sharing our love for art while selling handmade coloring books and face painting to so many people.”
“It was such a great feeling to see something that I created [become] a small part of a kid’s life,” said Mei Marshall ‘27 of the Crochet and Knitting Club, “It has been such a great and memorable experience for me.”
“The school gym feels like a home when I’m surrounded by so many positive people,” Julia Lesner ‘26 said, “I feel as though I’m truly a part of the Leonia family.”
“Thank you to the advisors who made this event possible,” student council member Ella Crocker said, “Thank you to all the people who came to support small vendors and local businesses!”
Over 40 small businesses were represented at the holiday market. One of them is Bear Magic Workshops where you could stuff a stuffed animal and put a heart into it. With Jolly Paws selling homemade dog treats, Gud Soap selling soaps, Anne’s Amigutrumi selling homemade stuffed animals, various jewelry shops, and other crafters, there was truly something to meet everyone’s wants and needs.
Students were excited to see so many teachers set up tables too, like Mr. Hwang and his wife, and Mrs. Grala and her husband.
Although this was only the first year having this event, after such success, it is likely to become an annual thing. See you there next year!