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SEMHS Launches Swap Meet to Benefit Student Programs

By Anne Donofrio-Holter

South El Monte

To benefit the school’s athletic programs and raise funds for student scholarships, the South El Monte High School PTSA has launched a swap meet every third Sunday of the month.  Sellers can take advantage of a great location to exhibit their wares, right off the 60 freeway, and for buyers, free admission and parking.

“The idea of the swap meet came from the need to raise funds to support South El Monte High School students,” said  Olga H. Lopez, Assistant Principal of Activities.  “One of the parents in our PTSA came up with the idea.  We had the first one on March 17 and it was very successful.”

Last month’s swap meet attracted more than 70 vendors and a large crowd of potential buyers scouting the various booths for new and used items and unusual finds.

“We are hoping the swap meet idea really takes off,” said Lopez.  “In these tough economic times, it will provide a good amount of revenue for our athletics, band and scholarship programs.”

Located at 1001 North Durfee Avenue in South El Monte, hours are 7 am to 3 pm.  Gates open at 5:30 am for vendors and space is limited.  The next swap meet is scheduled for May 19.  For additional information, contact Olga H. Lopez at (626) 258-5613.



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