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September 13, 2013

Good times at the academy

Students, parents enjoy Bailey open house extravaganza

DANVILLE — Tracy Cherry’s booth at the Kenneth D. Bailey Academy’s open house and shopping extravaganza Thursday night was one of the most popular spots ... and not because she’s the academy’s principal.

Cherry’s Park Lane jewelry was a big hit with the teenage girls, and her cinnamon rolls were irresistible to at least one school board member.

“Girls love jewelry,” Jalyn Dampier explained of her and her friends’ fascination with Cherry’s sparkly goods.

Cherry let the girls look through piles of jewelry she placed out on her table.

Teyannah Erving said she liked it all.

“I like the bracelets and the earrings and the ankle bracelets,” Teyannah said.

Miya Smith said the earrings and necklaces were her favorites.

School board member Steve Bragorgos said he was “excited” about trying a jar of rhubarb jam he bought at the shopping extravaganza, but then he stopped in his tracks when he saw an aluminum foil tray of large homemade cinnamon rolls Cherry had baked.

“It’s a secret,” Cherry said with a smile when asked about her recipe.

The second annual event at the academy at 502 E. Main St. allowed the teachers and the programs’ middle school and high school students to share their school with the community while raising funds for extracurricular opportunities.

The open house and shopping extravaganza offered food and activities for families, including 23 local vendors that were set up in the gym for guests to shop and receive information during the event.

Several of the vendors were new this year and sold jewelry, knitted items and handmade items.

Melinda Miethe, a high school teacher at the academy, said the school was grateful for the numerous generous donations it had received for raffles and a silent auction at the event.

“We’ve had an abundance of donations. We received a lot of donations from new donors, and we’re so grateful for them,” she said.

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