Community shows support for PDCCC Upward Bound and local vendors at Saturday’s craft show

Show-OverviewThe Spring Fling Craft Show featured roughly 40 vendors and more than 200 visitors throughout the day.
An estimate of more than 200 participants came to check out the 2nd Annual Spring Fling Craft Show sponsored by the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound program on Saturday.
The event was headed up by local crafter Shirley Billups and was held at the workforce in Franklin, where about 40 vendors set up booths that featured an array of items from homemade jams and paintings to brand-named jewelry and wreaths made from repurposed wine corks.
Money raised from registration, raffles and donations allow Upward Bound to offer even more to students in its well-rounded curriculum. Focused on students in grades 9 through 12, who are low income and/or first generation students, the program assists them with the successful completion of postsecondary education.
Students in this TRIO program receive a number of services, including assistance with tutoring and resources, cultural experiences, and life skills and leadership activities.
The program has grown significantly since its 2009 implementation, with many students also participating in the PDCCC Dual Enrollment program. For more information, contact PDCCC Upward Bound Administrative Assistant Barbara Strylowski at or 757-569-6764.

D-Jones-M-Joyner-K-Wiggins-S-WigginsUpward Bound students Dinae Jones and Mactayla Joyner, both of Southampton High School, from left, and Keon Wiggins-Saunders and Shiasia Wiggins, both of Lakeland High School, took a break from volunteering and showing their own works to get a group photo.

Jennifer-Bernocco-June-FlemingLocal College Board member June Fleming looks at some of the Park Lane jewelry, locally owned by Jennifer Bernocco, left.

Jenny-TindleJenny Tindle of Jenny’s Strings & Things in Franklin creates new pieces on site at the event.

Keon-Wiggins-Angel-Cashwell-Travis-ParkerUpward Bound is a tight-knit group, as is evidenced by student Keon Wiggins-Saunders, from left, Counselor Angel Cashwell and Director Travis Parker.

Keon-Wiggins-Rich-Kid-NationUpward Bound student Keon Wiggins-Saunders of Suffolk shows off his own clothing brand and business that he launched when he was 14, RichKidNation.

Kim-Moseman-Laura-BealeLaura Beale of Richmond, right, receives her bagged purchase from Kim Moseman of Bedtime Buddies in Franklin. Moseman crotchets animals to go along with bedtime story books for children.

Raye-Atkins-Dr-Tara-Rosa-BradyRaye Atkins, her daughter, Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, and granddaughter Rosa Brady peruse the acrylic paintings created by Upward Bound student Mactayla Joyner, far left.

Steven-JudasSteven Judas of Franklin visits the booth of Rustic Wino of Suffolk, owned by Tina Ward. The display featured items made from wine bottles and corks.

Travis-Parker-Stacie-CutchinsDirector of PDCCC Upward Bound Travis Parker shares the latest newsletter with Stacie Cutchins, independent consultant of Paparazzi jewelry. The newsletter highlights the achievements of the UB students.