How many oranges?! and apples?! and D'Anjou pears?! - December 12, 2006
Today and tomorrow, students at Anthis Career Center's Automotive Department are finding out first-hand just how many of nature's most luscious goodies it takes to fill 2,200 holiday baskets and more! Media are invited to catch students at work, taking the thousands of pieces of fruit filling two semi-tractor-trailers into the center and sorting it into holiday baskets and crates for their 17th Annual Holiday Fruit Sale. Catch them this afternoon from 12:15-2:30 p.m. or Wednesday at the same time or in the morning from 8:15-10:30 a.m. While retail sales may be taking a nosedive this holiday season, sales here aren't. Advance orders are up from last year and officials expect to take in a record $30,000 in proceeds. Funds are used to help Anthis students defray costs associated with certifications required in their field, such as cosmetology licenses, auto and computer certifications, etc. Students have been taking advance orders since before Thanksgiving. They will begin delivering fruit orders today. However, last-minute holiday shoppers won't be left out! The automotive center will open its doors to the public from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Small baskets ($19) include fresh, extra fancy California navel oranges, Texas red grapefruit, sweet Clementines from Spain, Washington D'Anjou pears, Red and Gold Delicious and popular Gala apples. The large basket at $29 is double the fruit, but not the price! You can also buy boxes of Clementines, grapefruit, oranges or apples. Anthis Automotive Center is located at Lewis and Lafayette streets. The entrance is on Lewis Street.