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The Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club Interviews Faculty About Maple Bazaar

Here’s the Highland County Mid Kids Radio Club with another report about the 59th Annual Highland County Maple Festival.

“I’m Willow.  I’m Abby.  And I’m Carly.  And we are interviewing Ms. Moats and Mr. Wharf about the Maple Festival fundraiser for Highland Middle School and Band.”

“What is the Maple Festival Middle School Bazaar?”

Mr. Wharf: “Ok.  The Middle School Bazaar is a joint fundraiser between the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes at the high school and band.  Each class takes a particular day.  I believe 8th grade has the first Saturday, which this year falls on the 11th.  The 6th grade class has the first Sunday, which will be the 12th.  And then the next weekend follows up, 7th grade has Saturday and band has the Sunday, and we basically split the proceeds up four ways.  It’s basically what we use to help pay for field trips and fundraisers, and more particularly, the 8th grade trip to D.C.”

“Where is the bazaar held?”

Ms. Moats: “Well, we hope everyone will stop in at Highland High School.  We’re going to be in the Middle School portion of the school building in Room 6 and Room 8.  We’ll be serving all kinds of great things, and we hope you’ll stop in and support our school projects.”

“What do the proceeds of the bazaar go to support?”

Ms. Moats: “The money that we make from this project will support our band with all sorts of activities, field trips, participating in parades.  We also use that to help our class project.  Middle School students travel to Washington, D.C. as an 8th grader.  We also have class field trips that are day long events for the other Middle School classes, so again, thank you for participating, and we hope to see you at the festival.”

“What do you sell?”

Ms. Moats: “We have lots of great things to eat.  You can purchase a BBQ on bun with coleslaw.  We have hot dogs.  We have all kinds of baked goods, and stop in and see us for your maple products.  We’ll have maple syrup and all kinds of goodies.”

“Mr. Wharf, tell us about the 8th grade trip.  Where do you go?”

Mr. Wharf: “The 8th grade trip to D.C. is a highlight as far as trips go in the Middle School.  We travel to D.C., either a Thursday or Friday morning.  This year, we’re leaving Friday morning.  We usually stay somewhere in Crystal City, go on in to D.C. the first day, visit the National History Museum.  Then we’ll go a few blocks from the National Mall, eat at a nice restaurant, and this year, we’re going to take in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Verizon Center, which is the last year to see that, so the kids are really looking forward to getting that event in.  The next day, our second day in D.C., we’ll see the Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, take a walk up and down the National Mall, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, World War II Memorial and many others in the D.C. area.  We try to do as much as we can in the small amount of time that we’re in D.C., but the kids usually love the trip.”

“Is there anything else that you would like to share with the listeners about this great event?”

Ms. Moats: “I’d just like to say that this is a special opportunity for our small middle school to work together and all of the proceeds support our students directly.  Thank you!”

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Scott Smith

Scott is the News Director 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 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, and also is a member of the boards of the Highland-Bath Farm Bureau , Highland Chamber of Commerce and Highland Sheep and Wool Association. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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