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High School Students Organize Craft Show to Benefit Nebraska Make-A-Wish Foundation

HASTINGS, Nebraska (Nebraska) — A local high school hosted a student-led event for good reason. The Hastings High School Student Council hosted the second annual craft show from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the school gym.

Over 400 people attended the event, and proceeds from the event were donated to the Nebraska Make-A-Wish Foundation. They hope to improve on last year’s fundraising efforts when they raised over $3,000. The idea for the event came from a clever student council member.

“I work as a salesman at many craft shows,” says Corey Barwick, student council secretary at HHS. “I sell both baby rompers and desserts. So I love craft shows and I know how much money they can bring in just by hiring vendors who are passionate about what they do and what they sell.”

Barwick said she thought the craft show was a good idea because if they could find passionate sellers, it would make it much easier to raise money for their cause.

“Our goal was for you to know how to bring the Hastings community, Hastings High School students and Hastings High School entrepreneurs, and Nebraska businesses together and have a good day,” said Joshua Torres, HHS Student Council President. “So far it worked.”

Torress said the craft show is an opportunity for Nebraskans to showcase their creativity. In addition, many businesses at the craft show have items that you cannot find in stores.

“I feel like this is a really good way to shed some light on what students can do and also bring the school to the attention of the community,” said Barwick. “Let them see a part of our school, see what’s going on in our school, and just bring everyone together, bring our community together.”

Barwick said her interest in craft shows came from her nephew. She began designing overalls for him and continued this as her craft.

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