Lists of Gifts: Kids shop at DES holiday store

Savannah Vasquez

Students at Destin Elementary School made their lists and were checking them twice, at the school’s holiday store Monday.

The Destin Parent Teacher Association held a small gift shop in the multi-purpose room at the school this week so that kids could experience the thrill of choosing and buying their own gifts to bring home for friends and family members.

“The holiday shop is where kids get to buy for their mom and dad without them being right there with them,” said Principal Al Gardner.

This is the fourth year the PTO has sponsored the gift shop, and this year instead of using it as a fundraiser, the event is solely for the joy of the season.

“This is just a service project this year,” said PTO member Connie Wilbur. “This way it can keep the cost low for our students, we’ve got items from 25 cents to ten dollars.”

As the students filed into the shop Monday, they were handed a plastic sand pail and were given half and hour to choose their gifts.

Second grader, Palmer Robbins had a long list of loved ones to buy for with seven people maxing out his list. When asked what his favorite gift was that he found in the shop he said, “The bib for my baby brother.”

After purchasing their gifts, students moved over to the wrapping station where volunteers helped them to package and label each present before heading back to class.