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Re: fund raising/art auctions


Date: Thu Feb 13 2003 - 07:33:51 PST

I teach at a K-5 elementary school. We did a quilt auction fundraiser last
year and raised about $1500. for the art program. We are doing another this
year. I organized it with parents. Every class selected a theme and created
one quilt. Every student in the school participated. Students created the
quilt squares in my art class. Volunteer moms sewed the quilts together.
They were amazing. We had a "Zoo Quilt," "Ocean Quilt", etc. We displayed
the quilts on a theme night evening and had a silent auction for the quilts.
It was a big hit with everyone. This year we are doing classroom quilts
again and some additional less expensive items so more people can bid.
Organization with volunteers takes some planning. We ask for donations
before the project begins. The parent response has been wonderful. We have
some great experienced sewers and quilters that help other volunteers that
are willing and eager to learn. It is a social gathering in the art room
after school for preassembly work. Then volunteers sign up to piece the
quilts together. I saved all of my notes and digital photos of the finished
quilts from last year to document the process and so that I don't have to
reinvent the wheel this year. It has proven to be a very worthwhile
experience. The money raised is used for our visiting artist program. Good
luck with your auction. ~Su