To the Editor:
LUHS DECA recently hosted the ninth annual Tis the Season Craft Show. It turned out bigger and better than ever, and this is due to outstanding people in the local communities.
As students, we see teachers on a daily basis; however, in addition to these fine leaders in the classroom, there are many others in the community that assist us behind the scenes so we may learn the skills of life.
First, JoAnne Bartlett did an excellent job again with recruiting and communicating with vendors and mapping the floor. Her countless hours of planning and her love of crafting allowed us to make enough money to send 32 LUHS DECA members to the recent Fall Leadership Lab.
Next, we need to thank The Lakeland Times as they aided DECA in reaching those people who enjoy unique and high quality crafts by donating advertising and by the articles published in the paper. Not only are they generous, they are truly great to work with. General Manager Heather Holmes has such positive energy and is very caring in assisting us with our educational goals.
Along with The Lakeland Times, Wal-Mart, Minocqua Pizza Company, Hoggie Doggies, Arby’s, and Save More were major sponsors of the show. They were very generous donating products for our concessions stand, which served many shoppers and vendors.
It is evident why Mr. Umland, our DECA advisor, speaks so highly of all these businesses. Working with Don Jung of Save More and the leadership and crew of their deli and bakery departments made our experience less stressful. They aided in baking and making quality goods and some were the morning of the event due to our error.
Though Save More was having a special event that day inside the store, Pam and her talented crew cooked concession products quickly and with great flavor. It is amazing how they took their time to help us with our problem and all with a smile.
Local businesses and parents are to be commended as they helped make our show outstanding! Area businesses hung our posters, put our advertised craft show on their marquee signs, and donated raffle prizes.
We are so grateful to live and learn in the Lakeland area. We appreciate the love and support of our parents. They drove us to the school for a 6 a.m. set up, baked tasty treats for the bake sale, especially last minute, and attended the show. Parents’ efforts showed their support of the professional goals we set for ourselves as young business men and women.
We are extremely appreciative of LUHS which allowed us to host this event at the school. Mr. Umland continuously stresses what professional customer service should look like. We hope we were able to present those attitudes and skills to the community. The administration, the maintenance team, and the kitchen personnel assisted in such a positive manner. As a professional youth business organization, we need to raise our own money for leadership and academic enhancement. Allowing us to host the craft show allowed many to gain unique educational opportunities that are difficult to teach inside the classroom.
DECA wants to show our sincere appreciation to the vendors and the guests who attended the show. You made our day so enjoyable. The students marveled at the vendors’ love and talent of such high quality crafts.
We were there to serve you, but many of us had to purchase the fine products you were displaying. Thank you to all the guests who attended. The number of shoppers was amazing and we appreciate your support.
Overall, the event that took place on Nov. 3 was incredible. We know we forgot to thank someone special as there are so many who contributed to our success. We are so proud of the communities that our school is supported by. Though challenging, it took a great group of people to help us achieve the opportunity to market ourselves and the craft show to the best it has ever been.
DECA is humbled by your generosity. Have a great holiday season!