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JHS Hosts Holiday Fair, Raises Money For Prom

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It's not even Thanksgiving, but that hasn't stopped area Holiday craft shows from selling gifts, and holiday spirit. Joplin High School had their own Holiday craft show today, with proceeds going toward this year's prom.

"I knew a lot of people, with Pintrest being a big rage, that do a lot of home based or home craft type things so I just spread the word around and everyone got interested and so it spread like wildfire on social media," said JHS Teacher and Prom Committee Sponsor Amber Travis.  

Over forty local vendors came to the event offering a range of items from wood crafted trains, wreaths and ornaments, and jewelry. Each vendor paid to rent a booth at the event, located at the Joplin High School campus next to the mall, which raised over $2500 dollars toward prom. 

It's the first time the Joplin High School prom committee has put on the fundraiser, but organizer's say being located next to the mall, definitely helped with holiday shopping traffic. 

In addition to the $2500 dollars raised from renting booths, each vendor donated one item for a Raffle. Shoppers could purchase a ticket for the cost of $1 dollar a piece or 7 tickets for $5 dollars.

And Travis says with any money allocated in the yearly budget for prom, every extra dollar counts.

"Well a lot of the students can't afford to even pay for prom tickets, so we try and do a lot of the fundraising so that our prom tickets won't be really expensive, so that way all the kids can afford to go, we have about 800 kids that attend prom with Joplin every year," Travis said.

Travis says the event was so successful, the school will likely host it again next year. 

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