Graduates of Chilliwack secondary celebrate in June 2017. This year’s graduating class is holding a Christmas fundraiser to help lower the costs of graduation celebrations for students. (Progress file)

Graduates of Chilliwack secondary celebrate in June 2017. This year’s graduating class is holding a Christmas fundraiser to help lower the costs of graduation celebrations for students. (Progress file)

Chilliwack student planning craft fair fundraiser

Table rental to help cover costs of graduation celebrations for CSS students

Graduating can be a costly affair. There are grad photos, year books, clothes for prom, and the cost of tickets for celebrations.

For some, it’s just more than the budget allows.

But a fundraiser at Chilliwack secondary school is being planned to help alleviate those costs, and they need the community’s support. Veronica Barrera, a Grade 12 student at the school, is putting together a Christmas Craft Fair to help cover costs of prom and dry grad for her classmates.

“Vendors will come in and buy their table, and all that money will go to some of the students who can’t afford to take part in prom and dry grad,” she says.

The craft fair is going to be held in the school’s grand hall, Dec. 16 and 17. The vendor rate for Saturday is $50 (noon to 7 p.m.) and Sunday is $50 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). To sell at the fair for the whole weekend is $85.

So far, she’s got more than a dozen vendors. Some of those are her own classmates with their own crafty skills. Barrera is bringing homemade candles and baked goods to sell, while someone else is bringing signs that they make. So far, there are five graduates who have rented a table.

As with all craft fairs, the more the merrier. While it’s a craft fair, they are open to any kind of vendors.

To learn more about becoming a vendor, email barrera.veronica1910@gmail.com.