Support Outdoor Education
What: Make and sell fully handmade wreaths to support Pathfinder School’s Outdoor Education and Camping Programs.
When: November 11 – December 15.
Who: All Pathfinder families and friends.
Where: The wreath workshop is set up in Pathfinder’s covered play-court. Farmers Markets take place on the corner of California and Alaska in front of Key Bank.
What Do Wreaths Cost?
Our unique handmade wreaths cost $20 standard size, $30 medium, and $40 large. Prices may be higher at Farmers Markets or for wreaths with special bows or decorations.
How Do I Make a Wreath?
Anyone can make a wreath! Come during your classroom’s Wreath Night to learn from your peers or weekday mornings after drop off and on Saturdays when there will be other wreath-makers in the workshop. There will be instructions in the workshop for do-it-yourselfers or for those who need a refresher. You need not sell every wreath you make; we always need wreaths for pre-orders and for Farmers Markets on Sundays.
Become an expert from the comfort of your own home or from your phone with our How-to-Make-a-Wreath video, learn the process with tips from veteran wreath-makers.
When Can I Make a Wreath?
The shop is always open, but the overhead lights will only be available when there is a custodian on the premises. The only reserved times are for class wreath nights (see below). If the workshop cage is locked, ask at the front office or text the number on the cage door for the combination. Be sure to lock up when you leave.
How Do I Sell a Wreath?
There are three ways to sell a wreath:
- Make and Sell Wreath: Make and sell your own creation. Collect cash or check and submit tags with your money to the front office. Make sure your name and child’s class is listed as both the maker/seller on the tag. Alternatively, the buyer can pay online by pre-ordering the wreath, starting November 12.
- Sell Wreath Only: Have someone else make the wreath and you sell it to a friend or family member. You can select one from the wreath workshop! Alternatively, pre-order online, starting November 12. Pre-orders will be available to pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays this year, and we will notify you when your order is ready in the wreath workshop. Orders will be filled in the order in which they are placed.
- Sell a Wreath at a Farmers Market: Pathfinder will be selling wreaths at West Seattle Farmers Markets on four consecutive Sundays from 10am-2pm. Working a shift (or helping with set-up or take-down) is a great way to earn credit for your class! Sign up TODAY for a shift on Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and/or Dec. 15.
Clipping Greens & Ornamentals
We can always use evergreens and ornamentals! Begin dropping off clippings as early as Nov. 14 at the Wreath workshop. We need lots and lots of evergreens: firs, pines, spruce, arborvitae and more. These provide the base of every wreath. Then we spice up the wreaths with berries, seedpods, cones and other interesting ornamentals. Ideas and photos of ornamentals to clip can be found here and in the How-to-Make-a-Wreath video.
We are also looking for volunteers who will be a part of our Rapid Response Green Team. You can sign up for a job (swinging by tree lots, gathering fallen branches, trimming ornamentals) and a week, and be on-call to bring in materials to the wreath workshop for class nights. Your child’s classroom can get credit for the time you spend foraging for wreath goodies. You may tally your time in the logbook in the workshop.
How Do I Get Credit for My Child’s Class?
Each wreath will have a tag that needs to be filled out completely, including the name (and grade) of who makes the wreath and the name (and grade) of who sells the wreath. Pre-orders must include a bow choice.
When you deliver your wreath, make sure you keep the information portion of your tag to turn in with the money you collect. The short stub goes to your customer as a receipt.
Please seal tags and checks in an envelope together before you turn them in. Wreath tags and money need to be turned into the office by the first week in January to ensure your child’s classroom gets credit.
- Online and paper pre-orders: Order-taking begins Nov. 15 and pre-orders can be picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays (other than Nov. 29) beginning Nov. 22 and 26, December 3, 6,10, and finally Dec. 13.
- Sunday Farmers Markets: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15.
Classroom Wreath Nights: 5:30 – 8:00pm unless otherwise noted. The workshop is also available during the school day and on weekends, if you would prefer to make your wreaths then.
- Dec. 16: Last day wreath workshop open. Any remaining wreaths will be donated.
- Dec. 17-18: Break down and cleanup of workshop.
- Jan. 9: Final day to turn in tags and money for classroom credit.
How is My Child’s Classroom Credited?
Your efforts directly benefit your children’s camping costs: 40% of the price of a wreath goes to the maker; 40% of the sales price goes to the seller; 10% is reserved for people who collect greens, make bows and clean the workshop; and 10% goes towards expenses. Wreath funds are pooled and divided among individual grade bands with the exception of 2/3, which pools all funds for Camp River Ranch.
Questions? Like to Volunteer?
NOTE: For the safety of our students the Wreath shop needs to remain locked, but we encourage people to make wreaths on their own time during the day, evenings or weekends. Text the number on the workshop door for the code or check in at the office. Please lock up when you leave.