Rhyley Baker

Sharebear spring market draws community support

The market included vendors, concession, a dance performance and plenty of fun activities for kids.

The Sharebear Playschool Society hosted their first spring market this Saturday, April 22 at Stettler Mall.

Vendors tables were set up throughout the mall, and the Evergreen Parent Link Centre also provided a bouncy castle and play area for children.

Most of the vendors were from the Stettler community, while a few came from nearby communities to take part in the event.

With most of the vendors being home-based businesses, this event presented an opportunity for them to meet with people face-to-face and raise awareness about their products or services.

Other activities at the market included spring photos provided by Kosmic Photography, a hot dog concession, and a performance from Danceology school of dance.

The Sharebear group usually holds a winter market, but this was their first time holding such an event in the spring, explained Ruby MacDonell, president of Sharebear Playschool Society.

They decided to hold the event in the mall to bring more awareness to the mall as well as the businesses located there, MacDonell added.

As a not-for-profit society, Sharebear playschool depends on money from fundraisers such as this one to cover their operating costs.

In addition to offering tables for vendors, the Sharebear society also sold 50/50 tickets as part of their fundraising efforts.

Lynn Potter, playschool teacher, noted that Sharebear is “the only family-run playschool” in the area, which means that parents are highly involved in their children’s education.

The school is overseen by a parent-run board, which means that “the parents decide where the money’s going,” MacDonell explained.

Being a not-for-profit organization is part of what makes Sharebear playschool unique, commented Potter; the other unique factor is the school’s location.

Two years ago, the society acquired its own house, which they renovated to use as their playschool.

“We have tons of space and our own backyard,” Potter commented.

This space is where the parents and teachers get to watch all the children grow up, Potter added.


Just Posted

Buccaneers pillage Irish 36-0

Central Alberta bounces back after off week against Wolfpack

Communities in Bloom judges check out Stettler’s finest features

National and International results will be announced in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in September

Alberta Prairie Railways marks 30 unforgettable in the biz

Tickets purchased this year go to a special ‘luxury’ train ride for 30 guests

Ethel Williams gifted a donation for the Community Recreation Track resurfacing

The running track in Stettler is a legacy from the 1991 Alberta Summer Games

Annual Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Golf Classic returns

To date, the Gord Bamford Foundation has raised over $3.6 million

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Buccaneers pillage Irish 36-0

Central Alberta bounces back after off week against Wolfpack

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Bashaw seed cleaning plant holds official opening

New facility operating well since January

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read