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Community members invited to take part in 1980s-themed fundraiser for Scappoose elementary school

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Grant Watts students special classroom projects, including artwork, will be auctioned April 28 at the annual Grant Watts SpringGrant Watts students display some of the classroom artwork to be auctioned April 28 at the annual Grant Watts Spring Auction. Pictured (left to right, in back): Taylor Townsend, Peyton Townsend, McKenzie Schrader, Lily Elshaug, Helena Heuirre, Ryder Whitfield, Nora Elshaug, Samuel Otis, Connor Lambard, Steven Johnston, Lillia McKey, Easton Hoag; (middle) Hadley Broburn, Morgan Travis, Hallie Freimuth, Lucas Cousins, Blade Rushing; (front) Zoey Ogburn, Harper Freimuth.Auction. Pictured (left to right, in back): Taylor Townsend, Peyton Townsend, McKenzie Schrader, Lily Elshaug, Helena Heuirre, Ryder Whitfield, Nora Elshaug, Samuel Otis, Connor Lambard, Steven Johnston, Lillia McKey, Easton Hoag; (middle) Hadley Broburn, Morgan Travis, Hallie Freimuth, Lucas Cousins, Blade Rushing; (front) Zoey Ogburn, Harper Freimuth. It's time to break out your best fluorescent gear, pump up the volume on your hair, and revisit favorite Prince, Cyndi Lauper and Men at Work tunes.

Grant Watts Parent Organization's annual school auction is April 28, and this year's theme is "Rewind to the '80s."

Parent and community volunteers in the GWPO collect hundreds of prizes to be auctioned and raffled for the benefit of the elementary school. Proceeds from the event are funneled into classroom projects, teacher school supplies, fieldtrips, school activities, technology and more.

"The funds from this really make an impact on our students," said GWPO member Tia Rushing. "Fieldtrips for every grade level are paid for out of this, funding for supplies even, or special seating or things like that. Teachers can come to us with special requests."

Rushing and GWPO member Virginia Anderson Fenstermaker said they are both looking forward to the event, not only as a fundraiser, but to help promote the school and its benefits in the community.

"I feel like there's so many new folks to this community that don't realize what an asset Grant Watts is," Anderson Fenstermaker said. Twenty-two years and running speaks volumes to a proven track record, and this is going to be the best year yet."

This year's auction will be held at Scappoose High, which will provide a larger space for visitors to gather and will allow all of the auction items to be more centrally located. In years past, the auction was held at Grant Watts in the gym and multipurpose room.

Prizes vary in price and category and include everything from practical everyday items like Tupperware, to gift certificates, to tickets for sporting events. The event features a mix of silent auction, live auction and raffle giveaways. This year, the auction will also feature a dessert option, where visitors can bid on a variety of baked goods they can enjoy the night of the auction.

One of the main attractions is the live auction of specialty projects and art pieces created by students at various grade levels at Grant Watts. In previous years, students created works of art using fingerprints in the shape of a trees, decorated umbrellas, painted ceramics and more.

This year, organizers are also hoping to incorporate the audience by offering prizes for best-dressed at the end of each auction round.

"No better excuse to dig out the '80s gear," Fenstermaker joked.

More information about the auction, including a brochure of items and raffle prizes, will be posted online as the event draws closer. Check out the GWPO's website, www.gwpo.org, for more details.

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