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Humpty Dumpty plans flea market on May 1

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POSTED April 19, 2010 1:11 a.m.
The parking lot behind the Lindbergh Manteca Adult School on North Street will be transformed into a flea market with 100 sellers on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reservations for each 10’x10’ space are now being accepted by Humpty Dumpty Co-op Nursery School which is organizing this event as a fund-raiser to keep the program going in the fall. With the state deep in the red, this cooperative program which will soon celebrate its 45th anniversary stands to lose its funding needed to stay open. But the members of the nursery school’s all-volunteer board of directors are leaving no stone unturned in its goal to raise the $17,000 that they need to keep the program open next school year starting in August.

The flea market, which they intend to hold as an annual fund-raiser to fill their operation coffers, is just one of the many things that Humpty Dumpty leaders have developed to raise enough money so that they can continue to operate the program even without the state’s help. The $17,000 they receive from the state through the Manteca Unified School District comes from ADA (average daily attendance) money earned by the parents when they come in to help in the classroom. That’s one of the requirements for parents to be a part of the program.

Regiina Lackey, one of the volunteer parents, said the 100 spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendors will choose whichever space they want to occupy that day. They also will be responsible for anything that they need such as tables, chairs and tents. Humpty Dumpty will make money by charging each vendor $20 per space.

Humpty Dumpty itself will also have a booth at the flea market.

In addition to the vendors, there will be such attractions as a drawing for various prizes, karate demonstrations, and refreshments. Julie Minton, the president of the Humpty Dumpty  board of directors, said their flea market fund-raising effort is receiving some help from members of the business community. Kohl’s store in Manteca is sending some of its people “to help run our food sales,” she said.

Mary Kay and Avon beauty companies will be helping as well. And Jamba Juice has promised to donate a portion of their proceeds to Humpty Dumpty.

To reserve a space for the flea market, or further details, call board member Jennifer Wirstlin, who is in charge of ways and means, at (209) 601-2497.

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