Special to the Reporter
In November, the Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA) hosted MIPA Market, the annual toy swap that has been running for more than 30 years. This year, they also expanded the event to include a Student Business Fair where 24 Mercer Island students ranging from ages 5-13 sold items like handmade bracelets, food and art. The event raised more than $4,000, with proceeds supporting MIPA’s causes, including community events, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services preschool scholarships and Mercer Island parks donations.
According to a parent of a participating child in the Student Business Fair: “There are some things that are hard to teach kids, but allowing children to come up with an idea and bring it all the way from planning phases to the market day is pretty unique. It will be (an) unforgettable experience for all those involved.”
Lesley Malakoti, event chair, said: “A huge thank you to all of the generous donations from the Mercer Island community for our annual toy swap! We know people are equally excited to empty out their garages as the parents and grandparents are to buy bikes, toys, coats, books, and outdoor gear at such accessible prices. This year, it was so fun to see all of the young entrepreneurs this year as we expanded to include the Student Business Fair. They clearly had such passion for their work, and did a great job marketing their products!”