Roosevelt Elementary goes online to boost special programs

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 8:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Schools face tight budgets and often have little money left over for special programs and projects. Sometimes parent teacher groups step up to raise extra funds. But Roosevelt Elementary’s Parent Teacher Group has never gone online for that endeavor, until now.

The PTG organized a major online auction, paired with a live auction and dinner event Thursday night. They worked with the online company Bidding For Good, so some of the online-only items include a trip to Las Vegas and a $5,000 shopping spree at Nordstrom San Francisco.

“This is not your average bake sale,” Roosevelt principal assistant Debi Newsum said. “This is a huge, really auspicious project that they’re working on.”

Roosevelt’s PTG has been planning the event since January, and PTG President Nicole Kuhn said they’ve had a great response from the community.

“Every restaurant we would ask to donate or every community business member,” Kuhn said. “It was neat to find out, hey, a Roosevelt parent actually owned that business.”

All the money made in Thursday’s online and live auction will benefit Roosevelt Elementary. The school plans to use the funds for things like field trips and other school programs, possibly even bringing back the MAPS mentoring program.
 
You can view the auction items up for bid here.

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