The fourth annual Ross Elementary School PTA auction raised the stakes again this year, bringing in almost $50,000 to support programs at the local school on the 1700 block of R Street NW. The amount easily topped last year’s $40,000 (which was almost double the 2010 event total). All of the funds go directly to the school’s programs.
“We are all so appreciative of the generous donors that make our auction possible. Our public schools cannot thrive without the support of the broader community, and we at Ross feel so lucky that we are part of a community that understands that and gives so much to our school,” said Ross parent Laura Stack.
Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs. It serves Pre-K through 5th Grade students.
“We are so grateful that the Ross community rallies around this auction every spring and supports the school. Every dollar raised goes toward technology, teacher enrichment and after-school programs at Ross. The success of this auction is crucial to the school. Special thanks to our parents who volunteered, donors who contributed and community members who attended the auction. We could not raise this money without your help,” said Auction Co-Chair and Ross parent Jennifer Touchette.
“And we certainly want to thank the multitude of businesses that donated their services and items. We encourage everyone to support our local businesses who continue to support Ross and the community at large,” said Touchette.
And that scooter? The winner of the Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics was a teacher at Ross — who uses it to commute to school every day.