Gregory Deratus and Katie McHale, students at Lynbrook High School in the Lynbrook Public School District, recently organized a holiday boutique fundraiser on Dec. 16, with the proceeds going towards the purchase of gift cards for high school students and families in need during the holiday season.
Gregory and Katie worked with their Owl Buddies to create holiday crafts using the Cricut crafting machine. The small group of students worked for weeks both during class and after school hand-making crafts to be sold. Career Development Program aide Debbie Geiser also wrapped crafts for the boutique. Students made holiday embellished buttons, jars and mugs stuffed with candy canes, hot cocoa mix and chocolate dripped biscotti, which they made with cooking teacher Lauren Reganato.
The high turnout at the boutique saw lines out the door, and all crafts were sold out in less than one hour. Students in the Career Development Program also offered free giftwrapping services for staff members.
Thanks to its success, the holiday boutique is sure to become an annual event.