Home school families host holiday boutique

Dalton Krueger of Wyoming sold home-made laundry detergent. Dalton, 11, is a sixth-grade home school student.

The Children’s Holiday Boutique drew shoppers on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church in Columbus. Gifts for all ages, including crafts and baked goods, were for sale in the activity center.

The event was hosted by Home Educators Resource Organization (HERO), a support group to help home school families educate their children. Classes are held at Crossroads, including music, science, foreign languages, woodworking, and many other topics.

The craft fair, in its second year, is an educational opportunity for home-school students to create something to sell, decide how to present it, set the price, and interact with customers. With the help of a parent the younger students learn to make change, while older students operate independently.

Each student paid $5 to use a table, and the student keeps the proceeds. Some families use the money for home school expenses.

“We use the holiday boutique to teach kids entrepreneurship skills,” said HERO administrator Jayne Wahlberg.