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Dallas Elementary students got an early start on their seasonal shopping lists during the annual holiday shopping event at the school on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.


Youngsters and their parents perused the various wares and vendors at the event, which included items for everyone in one's family, from brother to godmother.


Olivia Maniskas, 9, of Dallas, was browsing for gifts for her family members with the help of mom, Kelly.


I'm trying to find something for my mom and dad and my sister Rachel, she said.


Kelly Maniskas said the event is a great idea because children get to be more independent and financially responsible while having fun shopping.


She has money she earns doing things around the house, Kelly said about her daughter. She's on a budget.


Kelly said the shopping event, which features gifts at kid-friendly prices, helps out when children want to start getting involved with Christmas and other holiday shopping.


This is great because they don't have to spend a lot of money, said Kelly. Santa's already spending a lot of money.


The Robbins family, of Dallas, worked its way around the room, checking out the neat little knick-knacks the in-school store had to offer.


We had a basketball game and decided to stop in to see what we could buy for family, said mom Pam about the shopping checklists of her daughters, 9-year-old Brooke and 7-year-old Madison.


We like to support the school and see the money going back into the school, Pam said.


With most items selling for under $10, Pam likes the affordability of the event while also giving her daughters some freedom in choosing who gets what during the holidays.


Mom's got all the money today, she said. But it's nice to have this. If kids go to the mall to buy gifts, they'd be spending a fortune.


Kelly Salitis had her hands full while following her 8-year-old daughter, Abby, around the cafeteria.


The mother-daughter duo from Dallas said they had between 10 and 11 people to buy for at the event, and the several bags in Kelly's hands meant they were off to a good start Saturday morning.


Kelly likes the idea of teaching children about the value of money at an early age because it gives them a sense of accomplishment and ownership.


The earlier you can teach them, the better, she said. She'll sweep the floor and earn money for that. It gives them a sense of importance, that they're buying for others and they did it themselves.


Abby was quietly browsing the shelves, trying to keep her gift list as secret as possible, though she did hint at one gift recipient's favorite sports team.


I'm looking for something (with) Steelers (on it), she said.




Kelly Maniskas said the event is a great idea because children get to be more independent and financially responsible while having fun shopping.




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