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13 November . 2019

Shop local on Sat., Dec. 7 to benefit Rancho Sienna Elementary School

Shop local at Rancho Sienna on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and find some unique Christmas gifts while raising funds for a new digital reading curriculum at Rancho Sienna Elementary School.

Featuring more than 60 local vendors, along with food trucks, free face painting, raffle prizes, and photos with Santa, this event takes place at Rancho Sienna Elementary School, 751 Bonnet Blvd., Georgetown, TX, 78628.

Now in its second year, the shopping event includes a unique raffle item donated by each vendor. All raffle proceeds benefitting Rancho Sienna Elementary, part of the highly regarded Liberty Hill Independent School District.

You can also take photos with Santa in his giant red chair, in front of a very Instagrammable backdrop. Adding to the festivities, several local food trucks will be offering food and hot cocoa.

The RSES Christmas Shopping Event has grown from 45 vendors in its first year in 2018, to more than 60 vendors who are signed up for this year, says event organizer Erica Bond, a Rancho Sienna resident.

Just a few of this year’s vendors include:

Free Spirited Momma, owned by Rancho Sienna resident Menden Scott, creates personalized, hand-stamped jewelry and accessories that are perfect for gift giving throughout the year.

Plum Bug Designs of Georgetown specializes in custom designed stainless steel tumblers. “No need to carry around a boring old cup,” they say.

Blue Eyed Jewels, a Georgetown-based business, creates hand-stamped jewelry and gifts, such as Guardian Angel keyrings and Mama Bear necklaces.

Love Joy Adventure, from Cedar Park resident Claire Turner, makes custom tee-shirts with messages such as “Mommin’ Ain’t Easy.” She also creates limited edition Christmas tees and tassel earrings.

Fleur Rebelle Boutiqueh of Liberty Hill offers high quality, on trend clothes in limited editions.

Jackass Honey Farms of Liberty Hill offers its unique Jalapeno Infused Honey, Cinnamon Creamed Honey and Honey Dipped Bath Bombs.

Other vendors offer one-of-a-kind handmade gifts such as jewelry, clothing, leather goods, furniture, home décor accessories, and bath and beauty products.

Several vendors are teachers at Rancho Sienna Elementary, including Rachel Writes Custom Calligraphy, Sewn Together, and Lipsense.

Food trucks will include Waffle Love ATX, serving sweet and savory waffles; and Spitfire BBQ. Kona Ice will be at the event serving hot cocoa along with its famous shaved ices.

A face-painting artist will also be on hand, offering complimentary face painting.

Some of this year’s raffle items include a Yeti cooler, calligraphy services, custom decorative yard signs, and an 8-week Camp Gladiator Boot Camp.

In its first year, the RSES Shopping Event has raised nearly $7,000 for Rancho Sienna Elementary, from its first Christmas sale in 2018 and from a spring event in 2019.

“We are hoping to raise even more money this year, with so many more vendors and donors,” said Bond. “As the parent of two daughters who attend the school, it’s wonderful to see so many vendors and shoppers coming out to show their support.”

Funds raised by the shopping event make a real difference at Rancho Sienna Elementary School, said Principal Melanie Bowman.

“Last year we were able to use these funds to purchase math instructional tools that focus on numerical fluency and computational literacy for all grades,” she said.

Bowman hopes this year’s event raises enough funds to purchase a subscription for a digital reading curriculum that includes reading lessons, decodable books, phonics lessons, graphic organizers, digital books and vocabulary resources. 

“These resources are available at all reading levels, in English and Spanish, and will be utilized by all grades on campus,” Bowman said. “We are excited about the opportunities this resource could provide for our students.”

Proceeds come from raffles and booth rental fees paid by vendors. Rancho Sienna builders Trendmaker Homes and Pulte have made cash donations for this year’s event. Newland, the developer of Rancho Sienna, has also donated.