The Main Street School Parent-Teacher Organization was cooking with a cause Friday night.
This year marks the fourth annual Main Street PTO cookie walk and holiday alley. All kinds of holiday treats will be available for $5 per pound and customers will be able to choose their own assortment. There will also be pumpkin rolls, fudge, candy and cinnamon rolls that will be priced individually. For every $20 spent you will receive a free ticket for the door prize raffle.
New for the 2007 holiday alley is a make-and-take craft area for children of all ages where you will be able to make craft gifts for a small fee. All the proceeds from the craft area will go to a local charity.
The cookie walk and holiday alley will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Main Street School. Use the back doors that face Seminary Street as the entrance.
Kristie Wert, PTO president, said the event raised more than $2,500 a year ago.
"This allowed us to sponsor great activities for Main Street students," Wert said.
Wert said the activities included a Luau Day, assembly on character and special treat bags for Ohio Achievement Test days.
The Norwalk Middle School cafeteria was where the cookie action was Friday night.
"There are about eight of us here getting started rolling cookie dough and another group making the buckeyes," she said.
"Dorothea Miller and Mr. (Jim) Hagemeyer are generous enough to let us use the middle school kitchen," she added.
Why cookies and buckeyes?
"Cut-out cookies and buckeyes are holiday favorites, however, many people do not have the time to make them, so they are our top sellers at our cookie walk," Wert said. "Baking night is a great way for us to get many of the cookies that we need for our cookie walk event. We have lots of volunteers that are not able to come, but they donate the cookie dough and ingredients for buckeyes and we are able to accomplish a lot in a short time.
"Last year when we were making the buckeyes, we had some off-brand chocolate and it would not stick to the peanut butter it slid right off," Wert said. "Other than that, it has been a lot of fun. We usually get together and work and chat and it gives us kind of a girls' night out."
The buckeye recipe was submitted by Kate Brutcher, PTO treasurer.