First of Fall Market raises money for school improvements

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For Victoria Pruitt, Saturday's 2nd Annual First of Fall Market was not only a time to raise money for the school, but also a time for her to build new cliental.

"It's really good to get our name out there for people that come see us and to get some business," said Lufkin Middle School 8th grade student, Victoria Pruitt.

25 vendors from across Lufkin paid 100 dollars to rent booth space to sell antiques, cosmetics, handmade items, decorations, and more.

"We have all this jewelry and face painting and bows. And, it was really fun to come out here and see what they have," said 4th grade St. Cyprian's student, Grace Montes.

Pruitt started selling decorative bottle caps a year ago, and they're already a hit.

"We were getting bottle caps for our, well, I got a bow," said Lufkin Middle School 6th grade student, Allison Todd.

"You can mix and match them and change them out," Pruitt.

The St. Cyprian's parent and grandparents who make up the PTO host this event annually to raise funds for the school.

"It's really great because you directly can see the money that you're raising go to something for the school," said St. Cyprian's PTO president, Samie Montes. "And, it helps your children."

Last year, they used the money to build a rock climbing wall in the gym. This year, they're looking into renovating.

"We wanted to do a couple of building improvements," said Samie Montes. "We're looking into doing some murals in our hallways of our main building this year."

For Pruitt, she enjoys the publicity, helping out a good cause, and spending quality time with her business partner.

"It's fun. It's something that me and my mom can do together, and it's a lot of fun getting to go to different shows," said Pruitt.

This event raises around 25 hundred dollars for the school.

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