By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Clear Lake Elementary School is hosting its annual dinner and auction at Keizer Civic Center Saturday, March 14.
The event includes silent and big-ticket auction items as well as a four-course meal donated by McNary Restaurant. Tickets are $20 per person or $120 for a table of eight and available at the door. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. and expected to end by 9 p.m. An after party at McNary Restaurant will follow from 9 to 11 p.m.
Some of the bigger items are a week’s vacation, and a couple of trips to the beach, one in Lincoln City and one in Pacific City. Classrooms each do a themed basket, and the teachers do teacher experience allowing students to get to know the educators on a more personal level.
“Something like a breakfast with the principal or a guitar lesson,” said April McVay, one of the fundraiser organizers.
Principal Tara Baldridge said the proceeds from the event help offset the costs of student experiences such as: family evening events; classroom supplies; the Summer Library Program which supports the opening of the library for two hours a week during the summer; annual field trips for each grade level, including a multi-day Outdoor School for fifth graders.
Salem Child Development Center will be offering childcare at the school, 7425 Meadowglen Street N.E., during the benefit.
For the past several years, the Clear Lake Parent-Teacher Association has been raising funds for the installation of an asphalt track at the school. They are planning to have it completed this summer.
“This is a community thing because the whole neighborhood uses our space at the school, and we’d like to have them contribute,” McVay said. “We still need some volunteers for in-kind donations and financial contributions can be given at the school office.”
Baldridge said she’s seen more community use of Clear Lake facilities than any other school she’s worked at.
“Even though the PTA contributions to Clear Lake classrooms don’t directly benefit the greater community, the addition of a paved track will be a great benefit to the entire community, all year long,” Baldridge said.
To reserve a spot at the dinner and auction, contact McVay at 503-510-2922 or Shawna Toavs at 503-910-1588.