Local craft fair making impact on community

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COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Colonie Central High School has brought teachers, students and families together for 33 years in the annual craft fair.

From great gifts you can buy people for Christmas, to delicious baked goods, and even face painting, the craft fair really does have everything.

But the number one thing the fair has is a way to give back to the community.

“I would say friendships. A lot of vendors are friends, have become friends over the years. The people that come, they come in groups,” Vendor Amy Martin said.

Martin helped organize the event for years.  Today, she returns to her old stomping grounds, this time on the other side of the table.

She says after all these years the event has a larger purpose.

“We want to see our kids mature and get educated and move on and meet great people and volunteer,” Martin said.

“This is our community. This is our community. As a Colonie student myself, it feels good to know I’m giving back to what I grew up in,” PTSA President Kim Ditonno said.

With over 75 vendors, there is something here for people of all ages, which translates to more money saved for future generations.

“If we can help those students out just a little bit to fray a little bit of those costs, an educated student is a valuable part of a community,” Dollars for Scholars President Tami Sherry said.

That includes volunteers such as students Kimmy Murray and Rachel Aidale who took time today and made sure their peers have opportunities.

“We are collecting donations and it is open to the public so donate anytime. It is truly wonderful to see all the people here today volunteering,” Aidale said.

“It’s just a great time for the students to really bond over something like this and to really show our appreciation for the school,” Murray added.

Organizers say they are already planning for next year’s craft fair.

If you missed todays fair there will be another one at the high school in the spring.

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