Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Another basket full of money for BJHS

March 17, 2005

It was another successful fundraiser for the Baldwin Junior High School as it raised more than $2,500 at its annual basket auction on March 9.

"I think it was excellent," BJHS Principal Connie Wright said. "I think it's becoming a community event. It's exciting to see all the baskets and the creativity. I love it."

BJHS Social Worker and Student Council sponsor Laura McCall said she was surprised at how well the auction went.

"I thought it went really well, considering we just had that fun night that was two or three weeks ago," McCall said.

There were more than 90 baskets being auctioned off during the evening. The number of baskets and sales is down from last year, because the eighth grade plays were split up this year.

Last year the two plays were on the same night, but this year one play was in October while the other was the auction night.

Crystal Harris, who has helped with the auction, said she was happy with the turnout this year.

"I think it went very well," Harris said. "I was amazed at how many people showed up for everything. It was very well attended."

To go along with the auction, BJHS also held its eighth-grade play, book fair and art display the same night.

"I think it's a very fun night for parents to come, not only see the baskets, but the art displays and class projects, as well as our music theater production," Wright said. "It means a great deal for parents and families."

McCall said the library raised more than $900, and that money will go toward purchasing books.

"I think it was an overall success," McCall said. "The library made a lot of money, also. I loved it."

McCall said the money raised this year will help the school in many ways. She said they have already purchased books for classrooms and are looking into buying computer equipment and supplies for teachers.

"We really count on that money to do things that we wouldn't get other wise," Wright said. "I'm really appreciative to the community for supporting it."

Each third-hour classroom donated a basket to the auction. McCall said she thought the students' baskets were better than ever.

"I think the kids did better on their baskets than they ever have before," McCall said. "I don't know if they got fired up or their teachers got them fired up."

The highest selling basket was the dental basket. It auctioned off for $150. Sheryl Burggraf's class made a KU basket that sold for $100. A couple baskets sold for more than $85.

Harris said many of the classroom baskets were auctioned off for between $40-$65.

"It's a lot of fun and I think the kids enjoy it," Harris said.

The Baldwin High School girls basketball team entered a basketball signed by University of Kansas mens basketball coach Bill Self. The ball sold for $205 and will go toward purchasing new uniforms.

This is the last year Harris will help with the auction. She said she is going to place her documents on a disc for the next person. But she said she will also miss helping with the auction.

"I will miss a big part of it," Harris said. "I don't think I will miss all the time. I will miss it, because I really did enjoy it. It will be nice to have a fresh start to it next year."

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