The Southlake Carroll Parent Teacher Organization wants people to buy crafts today to help graduating students tomorrow.
The organization will hosts its 23rd annual Craft Fair Nov. 1-2 at Carroll Senior High School with all proceeds going to Project Graduation — a drug and alcohol-free commencement after party.
Vendors, many of which are local, will line the school’s halls selling jewelry, home decor, clothing, art and more.
“It’s more fun than going to the mall,” vendor chairwoman Julie Weisert said. “A lot of people like that when they come shopping, they’re supporting local small business people.”
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Weisert said there will be 174 vendors this weekend. Organizers estimate about 3,500 people come to shop during the weekend. Vendors keep all sales they make, but the event generates funds for Project Graduation by charging sellers for booth space.
The PTO has hosted the graduation party for more than 10 years. Students spend the night locked in at Main Event in Grapevine having a last hurrah.
PTO President Kathleen Ruth said in previous years, between 85 and 95 percent of the graduating classes attended the nightlong celebration.
The event offers a safe environment for students to celebrate graduation.
“When my oldest daughter graduated, I was happy to know she was in a safe place having a great time on graduation night,” Weisert said. “What we’re doing with Project Graduation is preventing any kind of graduation night tragedy in our community.”
Admission donation is $3 for adults and $1 for students.