Charity Fair 2018


The world around us isn’t perfect. It has flaws and problems such as homelessness, diseases, shootings, and natural disasters. On December 19th, 2018, AdVenture STEM held their 5th annual Charity Fair at 5pm – 6:30pm. Charity Fair is an AdVenture tradition, where the main purpose for AdVenture students is to create and sell a product, to raise money for charity, and to help those that are in need. Before Charity Fair started, it was just a math project, though it soon evolved into something much bigger.

All the money that is raised during Charity Fair, when the students sell their products, will be going to four different charities, one charity per grade. These charities that will be receiving the money will be based on how convincing the students presentation is and whichever charity the AdVenture Student Council votes for.

Mrs. Zaccheo, a 5th and 6th grade teacher, says “Charity Fair has drastically changed over the years. It first started off in 2014 and there weren’t as many teachers who participated in Charity Fair. The first year of Charity Fair was different to how it is now. Back then you were able to pick a product, but you would only be able to sell it for $1.”

“The money that you raised, you would have to send the money, personally to them, and it was like an honesty system. Now, Charity Fair is more known and has so many changes to it, like the selling part. Charity Fair is now located in the gym and you now purchase tickets to buy products.” Mrs. Zaccheo’s favorite part about Charity Fair is the actual night because you get to see everyone’s presentation and you could walk around and buy what people have constructed.

According to Ekaterina Kuzmenko, a 7th grader at AdVenture STEM, she says, “I believe that the school started Charity Fair because they wanted to show the students what we learned, that will come in handy later on in the future. Charity Fair is a creative and interactive event where everybody gets together for a good cause. Many people come to charity fair with their wallets full even though they won’t get the best deals they just want to help.”

“In my opinion I don’t honestly like Charity Fair. I understand why people like Charity Fair and it gives you a sense of satisfaction when you feel like you’re helping others, but it can get boring doing it every year. The part that I’m most satisfied with is the part where you get to present to an audience and to show your products,” says Ekaterina Kuzmenko.

“I think they started it so people can get closer to people who have the same thoughts about animals, plants (nature), and/or people. I think that it’s a great idea to have us, kids, raise money and donate it to a charity. I enjoy making and selling the products best. It’s so fun to look at what everyone’s created,” said Ariana Estrada, a 7th grader at AdVenture STEM.

“I think I would describe Charity Fair as the most stressful assignment in school, but, it is also really fun. I think that it is important that we are able to present to an audience of people we don’t know. It helps us learn how to trust our team members and different varieties of charities and what they do,” said Ariana Estrada.

Charity Fair has its own pros and cons, like everything else in the world. It can help and inspire young kids to help others, which is the main reason why Mrs. Zaccheo started Charity Fair. No matter how long they’ve been doing Charity Fair, everyone has their own opinions about Charity Fair. The part that most students enjoy about Charity Fair is that they get to sell products, in which, the profits go directly to charity. The part of Charity Fair that people often don’t enjoy is that it is very stressful. As years go on, people hope to see that AdVenture still continues Charity Fair, as in the end, it’s all for a good cause.