With roots going back thousands of years, the sprawling bazaars of South Asia and the Middle East are icons of flourishing commerce.
Our own school Christmas bazaar ,has already become a favorite tradition. Through planning, we make it more fun than shopping at the mall.
It all began about 3 years ago, when the financial crisis in Greece started….
I had to find a way to sponsor my english class pen pals projects with more than 5 countries abroad and a way to be able to expand our english library, books collection!
My motto is: ” If there is a will, there is a way”!
I wanted to teach my students that, in any time of crisis, they should not remain passive but take action instead!!
Therefore, I decided to host a second -hand books and toys Bazaar in our English classroom!
I wrote a letter to the parents explaining everything and focusing on the benefits of teaching our students to Reuse and Share , especially in this time of crisis!
The only thing I actually did was, to offer them my “magic” stickers – which work wonders…- for every book , or toy they offered for the bazaar, as a way to thank them for their contribution to it!( Stickers are indeed , a great motivation for kids, in all cases ) !
Every year, the books that are not finally sold, are offered to our school Greek Library, for all students to be able to read and the toys, are donated to local charity communities !
You can have a look at how much fun a School Bazaar can be for students, at the photos below!
Students, feel responsible for it, feel proud for the outcome, learn how to collaborate, set goals, acheive, and work as volunteers!
Their hidden talents , and special skills are revealed, too!
It’s a precious, unforgettable experience for them!