Women’s Studies Program hosts craft sale fundraiser

By Juliana Leprich

The Women’s Studies Program is holding its annual arts and craft sale to raise money for memorial scholarships and funds for the program.

Students can buy arts and crafts in Reavis Hall 103 today and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sale benefits two scholarships. The Mothers Memorial Scholarship is a memorial scholarship for NIU staff members who lost their mothers. The other, the Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship, memorializes a graduate student in the program who died, said Lise Schlosser, office manager at the Liberal Arts and Sciences external programming office.

“We have everything from quilted bags to afghans to handmade jewelry,” said Rebekah Kohli, program co-ordinator for Women’s Studies.

In the past, the sale has made as much as $2,500, and the group aims to raise that much this year, if not more.

“Every year I’m hoping that we make more than the year before. $3,000 would be great,” Kohli said.

Not only is this sale an opportunity to raise money, but the two said they enjoy the sale for other reasons, too.

Kohli said the arts and crafts for the sale were provided by students, faculty, staff and people in the community.

“One of the things I’ve really liked about the sale is that everyday people are chipping in,” Schlosser said.

Schlosser contributed her crochet work to this year’s sale.

“My favorite part of the craft sale is the excuse to craft,” Schlosser said. “I enjoy crafting, and it’s a bonus that it’s for a good cause.”