Highland Middle School Bazaar Open During Maple Festival

“Hello, my name is Amelia Good, and I’m here with the Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club. Today we are speaking with faculty members Melody Moats and Mike Warf about the middle school activities during the upcoming Maple Festival. Miss Moats, can you tell us about those activities?”

“Well, middle school takes on a pretty big project. Grades six, seven and eight have two spaces in the high school here at Highland High. We have one room where we’re selling food and t-shirts to support our class funds. And then we host a little dining area in the adjoining classrooms so that folks can come over, have a seat, eat and enjoy their maple goodies that they bought from our bazaar.

“I’m involved with helping with the bazaar because I’m the sixth grade sponsor and Miss Bridget Nelson is the seventh grade sponsor. Other sponsors are Miss Cindy Wood for sixth grade, Miss Wilma Pitsenbarger helps Miss Nelson with seventh grade, and Frannie Neil is the eighth grade sponsor assisting Mr. Warf. So you will see all of us taking a shift at the middle school bazaar.”

“The middle school bazaar is located in room eight, and we hope you’ll drop in and give us a visit during the maple festival.”

“Hello, my name is Daisy Moyers. Mr. Warf, what is your role in the activity?”

“I am the eighth grade class sponsor and myself, along with the other sponsors, sort of take charge of organizing and ordering the food products, the t-shirts, the drinks, working with our parents to arrange the work shifts, and  each one of the middle school class sponsors work a day at the bazaar.”

“So what items will be available at the bazaar?”

“We typically offer a Maple Festival t-shirt which have been a big hit the last few years. We try to alter the design a little bit and offer something different each year, so people can come back and get another t-shirt or hoodie. We have maple products – maple syrup, maple candies. We have homemade products. We also serve barbecue and hotdogs and drinks.

“And folks if you were here last year and we were out of the size you were looking for, remember we have short sleeve, long sleeve, zip up hoodies and, drop back in, because we have restocked our supply.”

“What are the hours that bazaar will be open?”

“So the bazaar hours typically run from about eight o’clock in the morning to five in the evening. But we will adjust according to the crowd. So if we’re really busy, it’s not unusual to stay open a little bit late. Like I say, it really depends on the demand.”

“What do the profits of the bizarre support?”

“The profits from the bazaar all go back to the middle school students. I know that Miss Moats uses some of the funds to help fund the canoe trip to Elkhorn Lake every year. Seventh grade takes a field trip, I believe, that’s related to their curriculum in seventh grade, and the eighth graders go on an overnight to DC every year, and those funds pay for the room and board, they pay for all the meals, metro tickets, so on and so forth. So all of the proceeds that we take in from the bazaar goes right back into the middle school for the kids.”

“And we just want to say thank you for supporting us over the years. We meet the nicest people every Maple Festival. And we’ve made lots of friends through this, so thank you for supporting us, and we hope to see you again.

“Thank you for joining us. This has been the Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club for Allegheny Mountain Radio.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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