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Grant Watts Elementary to hold annual auction

Scappoose elementary school readies for its 18th annual spring auction


Grant Watts Elementary School Kindergarten students hold finger-print plates. The students' artwork will be auctioned off at the event, as well as many other items. Left to right: Kennady Hoag, Kayleigh Fraser and Paxton Squires.Grant Watts Elementary School will hold its 18th annual Spring Auction Saturday, April 12, to benefit the school's students. The event will feature a silent auction, food, a dessert auction, a live auction, a raffle and door prizes.

Summer Hoag, president of the Grant Watts Parents Association, said the school will use the money generated at the auction for school field trips, swimming lessons, art literacy programs, accelerated reading programs and to equip classrooms with smart TVs. Each teacher will also receive $250 for classroom expenses. Last year, the school devoted a portion of the $26,000 raised to update technology in classrooms, Hoag said, adding that the funds also went to swimming lessons, field trips and more. Grant Watts Elementary School first-grade students hold a circle of hand-crafted hands. The students' artwork will be auctioned off at the event, as well as many other items. Left to Right: Ava Vetsch, Evan Barham, Brooke Johnston and Addison Schrotzberger.

This year, Hoag said she hopes the auction will bring in $30,000.

“Last year, due to the generosity of this community, we were able to put 60-inch smart TVs and document cameras into all first-, second- and third- grade classes,” Hoag said. “It is a wonderful event for the community, friends and family to come together and support our schools. It is not only for the parents. We have such a large variety of donations. There is something for everyone.”Grant Watts Elementary School second-grade students hold a water color quote. The students' artwork will be auctioned off at the event, as well as many other items. Left to right: Makenna Fraser, Maddie Prockish, Dominic Squires and Peyton Lennox.

Doors will open for the event at 4 p.m. Saturday and a silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. with the first closing at 5:30 p.m. The live auction will begin at 7 p.m. and dinner, which will be catered by Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant and cost $10 per person, will start at 5:30 p.m.

A raffle will also be held at the event with tickets available for purchase through Thursday, April 10, as well as during the event. Hoag said ticket-holders do not need to be present to win. Grant Watts Elementary School third-grade students hold a collaborative 'Imagine Where Knowledge Can Take Us' piece. The students' artwork will be auctioned off at the event, as well as many other items. Left to Right: KK Remmers, Kaylie Schrotzberger and Dylan Peniuk.

The raffle winner will receive a Portland “Staycation” in the Hotel Vintage Plaza, including a $350 gift card for hotel accommodations, which can be used at any Kimpton hotel. The total package, Hoag said, is a $599 value.

Some of the auction items include a Seahawks tickets, four one-day Disneyland park-hopper tickets, an American Girl doll, winery tours, college football tickets and various gift cards.

Hoag said the items for the auction were all donated and amount to more than $24,000. She added that the school will continue to accept donations up until the event. Donations can be dropped off at the Grant Watts Elementary office.

Admission to the event is free. Child care is available for $5 or $8 with a children's dinner.