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Great buys rain down at the Career Academy’s Reindeer Market

Houston County Career Academy Reindeer Marketplace offers a special local holiday shopping experience.
Houston County Career Academy Reindeer Marketplace offers a special local holiday shopping experience. Special to The Sun News

The best shopping experience around is coming Dec. 3. That is the date of the Houston County Career Academy Reindeer Marketplace, which will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Houston County Career Academy at 1311 Corder Road.

I went for the first time last year and had the best time. There is a huge range of crafts and other items for sale. Since the event is all inside, whether it is cold or not won’t matter. I bought a wreath for my front door that is decorated with shotgun shells and that have lights inside of them. I also found baby gifts and Christmas ornaments. I would have bought more, but I ran out of money. I will not let that happen again this time.

Reindeer Marketplace organizer Leigh Vaughn, a paraprofessional at the Career Academy, said that last year over 68 vendors participated. This year there have already been more than that number sign up for the marketplace.

Student organizations from the Career Academy will have things on sale as well as local crafters and home-based businesses. The school’s culinary arts students will be selling cheesecakes and pies. They also will have lunch items for sale, so you can make a day of the shopping experience.

This is the sixth year of the Reindeer Marketplace, held to help raise money to benefit the programs and students at the Career Academy.

Students from all five Houston County Board of Education high schools attend the Career Academy. Students take classes at their own high school for part of the day and at the Career Academy the other part. At the Career Academy, students can either choose to take dual enrollment classes through Central Georgia Technical College or career tech classes. Course offerings vary. Students can take courses in subjects ranging from aviation maintenance technology to cosmetology.

Career tech classes help prepare students for careers immediately after high school graduation. After taking four semesters of classes at the Career Academy, students can take a test that certifies them in an area — like nursing assistants — and go straight into the workforce after graduation.

The Career Academy is doing some great work. Last year, the school was named Georgia Career Academy of the year. I am ashamed to say that I don’t really know a lot about the school, so I have invited myself to spend some time there with Principal Sabrina Phelps and learning more about the incredible opportunities the Career Academy offers our young people. Look for my interview with Phelps and some of the Career Academy students in a few weeks.

Alline Kent can be contacted at or 396-2467.