Southern Oaks hosting event with local vendors, activities for kids; will help raise funds for new playground

March 9, 2023 | 12:07 am

Updated March 8, 2023 | 11:22 pm

Souther Oaks Elementary School recently installed a new playground. An event is being held Saturday to help pay for the project. | Photo from SOES Facebook page

Southern Oaks Elementary School is offering an event for the whole community this Saturday with “Shop Small with the Stallions.” From food trucks to princesses to dozens of local vendors, the fundraiser is aimed at creating something for everyone — all while raising money to pay for the recently installed new playground.

 “Another local school had a fundraiser last fall with vendors involved, and that is where my idea originated,” said Deanna Sanders, one of the event organizers. “My daughter and I love going to vendor events all around Owensboro throughout the year so this seemed like a perfect way to help our school and bring a little bit of fun to the community.”

Attendees can shop and bid on a number of silent auction items from local businesses including the Healthpark, Bella Ragaza, The Skin Therapist, Linx by Stephani, Kentucky Krafters, and many more.  Lunch will also be available for purchase from Brian’s BBQ and J’s Good Grub. Kids can have their pictures made with Ariel, have whole face paintings, or paint with Pop and Paint. 

“We hope to see not only our own students and families but also people from all over Owensboro come to our event,” Sanders said. “We have worked hard to include a variety of vendors who will provide something for everyone, which was our main goal.”

The money raised from this event will go toward the new playground that was recently installed for the students at Southern Oaks.

“The new playground for our students was installed in December and payment is due by the end of the school year,” Sanders said. “We are working to raise the funds, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to help our school and bring a little fun to the community at the same time.”

Event organizers said play is important for students, and raising money in a fun way seemed like a win-win.

“This playground is giving students a chance to get their energy out and exercise while building social skills to prepare them for their future,” Sanders said. “We are looking forward to bringing the community together, providing an event to pay for our playground, and seeing the families shop while the students have a great time meeting characters, painting, and more. Helping to pay for our playground will be a relief and this event will be a huge help.”

March 9, 2023 | 12:07 am

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