BJHS basket auction set for Wednesday
Wednesday will be a busy night for Baldwin Junior High School as it will be hosting a musical, book fair, art display and its annual basket auction.
The eighth grade musical, "Krazy Kamp" will begin at 7 p.m., but the doors for the auction will be open at 6 p.m. The book fair and art display will be available the entire time.
The main event of the night will of course be the basket auction. It is the primary fundraiser for the school. BJHS Social Worker and Student Council Sponsor Laura McCall said she is rushing to get all of the baskets together, but will be ready Wednesday night.
"I am looking forward to it," McCall said. "At this time of the year there is a lot to do. If it is slow here, I can spend a lot more time on it. It has not been slow. It's been popping. I am a social worker and I have to do social work first. I am probably not on top of this as I have been in the past."
McCall said the busy school year has kept her from working on the auction as much as she would like.
"It's here, but it's not ready yet," McCall said of the auction. "I don't think it is quite as far along as it has been in the past, but we have had so much going on."
As with previous years, each BJHS teacher will be making a basket with one of his or her classes. BJHS physical education teacher Ted Zuzzio said his class his making a dental basket.
Zuzzio also said there will a basketball signed by the 1996 Baldwin High School State Championship girls' basketball team members. The ball will be at the auction Wednesday.
McCall said this year's auction will have a new item that might interest people.
"We got some really cool bulldog benches that a retired teacher made," McCall said. "It was not a retired teacher from here, but she sold them at Maple Leaf."
The auction will have items for everyone to bid on.
"The fun thing about it is that it's for all ages," McCall said. "You can have little kids come in and we have some little baskets for them. They can come in and have a good time also."
This year, Kathy Wilson, Vinland Elementary School paraprofessional, is leading the parent group in charge of the auction. Wilson, McCall and other will be meeting Saturday to begin wrapping the baskets, along with putting the final touches on them also.
The money raised from last year's auction helped purchase digital cameras and a digital camcorder for BJHS. It also help pay for a few parties for the students.