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West Linn kids get crafty


Craft fairs give students chance to make holiday gifts

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Anna Williamson makes a snow owl out of pine cones. It's rumored that one of these owls, placed in a students window at home, is guaranteed to bring a snow day.The winter craft fair is a special tradition for many West Linn kids.

Three of the city’s primary schools offer students a chance to make special keepsake craft items this month. Trillum Creek held its winter craft fair Dec. 5, and Bolton and Cedaroak Park students had their turn Dec. 13.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Graham Novak, left, and Ryan Muzii each work on necklaces for their special someone to open on Christmas morning.“With their hands and hearts, they make treasured keepsakes,” Kristin Graves said. She is a Trillium parent and co-chairwoman of the school’s event. “They’re all wrapped and students can choose to give them to whomever they want or keep them for themselves.”

The tradition is new at Trillium because the school itself is new. This is the second year for both the school and the craft fair.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Chloe Oswald works on a Christmas decoration.“We did it last year and it was back by popular demand because it went over so well,” Graves said. “We brought it over from other schools. We carried the tradition over.”

Trillium students had the opportunity to make up to 10 crafts, including a hot-cocoa mix snowman, two kinds of bookmarks, a painted and dated mug, a felt scarf, a necklace, a magnet and two kinds of photo frames.

One craft item is sure to be put to use in these cold days: a snowy Trillium Creek owl, made out of a pine cone. Rumor has it that, if students place the owl in their home’s window, it will bring snow.

About 150 students attended Trillium’s craft fair. Student helpers from the high school attended, including cheerleaders and members of the dance team.

“That was wonderful, and we really appreciated them coming,” Graves said. “It helps make a sense of community between the schools.”by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn High School junior Mckenna Speakman helps Ale Gadbois with her Christmas project.