Mark your calendars! Ross Elementary School will host its fifth annual fundraising auction on Saturday, March 23, at 5 pm. Location is the German Marshall Fund at 1711 R Street NW.
However, bidders beware: The online bidding is open, so go online now or show up at the auction if you want to purchase some great items and help the kids and teachers at Ross.
Items for this year’s auction include a Cancun getaway, a Disney family vacation and gift cards to some spots in the neighborhood, among others. (We are told there items to bid on for everyone, including certificates to more than 80 local restaurants, 10 local hotels and vacations galore.)
Last year’s event raised almost $50,000 for technology, teacher enrichment and after-school programs at Ross. All proceeds from the auction benefit Ross School at 1730 R Street NW, which serves children in preschool through 5th Grade.
As a childless, 20-something city-dweller, I don’t often get a chance to interact with schools in my neighborhood. Fortunately, the 4th Annual Ross Elementary School Auction is on its way, and it’s open to everyone. Online bidding has already begun, culminating in the final, live auction on Saturday, March 10 at the German Marshall Fund.
The past three auctions have cumulatively raised over $75,000 for Ross Elementary, a public school serving 150 kids pre-K through 5th grade, located at 1730 R Street, NW. This year, the organizers aim to raise a total of $65,000, their most ambitious target yet. “We are really pushing the envelope this year,” said Lee Granados, the auction Co-Chair and a parent at the school.
According Granados, the District does not always fund technology updates or professional development for teachers. That’s why the fundraising focus has been on better technology for the classroom (this year laptops and tablets) and on opportunities for teachers to hone their teaching skills.
The funds from the auction also go towards scholarships for afterschool enrichment classes. At up to $300 per term, some of these classes in math, science, languages, drama, and other topics would otherwise be out of reach for low-income students at Ross, says Granados.
Online bidding for the items described here (and many more!) is open until March 8; and they continue to add more items. The live auction takes place on March 10 from 5 to 8 pm at the German Marshall Fund, 1744 R Street, NW. Both auctions are open to the public, so be sure to check them out.
- “Five Days, Five Dinners”: a week of dinners at five of DC’s finest; Leopold’s Kafe, Zaytinya, Firefly, Buddha Bar, and Chef Geoff’s
- Dinner with national political reporter Julie Mason, the host of “The Press Pool” on SiriusXM radio and former White House reporter for two newspapers
- Several restaurant/theater ticket pairings, including Hank’s Oyster Bar/Keegan Theatre and Bistrot Lepic/Roundhouse Theater
- Sewing lessons from Bits of Thread in Adams Morgan
- Cupcake decorating class for you and your friends at Hello Cupcake
- A photography session with Borderstan’s own Luis Gomez
With a tiny budget (under $3,000 each year), Granados and her team depend on the support of local businesses — including this very blog — to make the auction a success. “We want to make sure it’s a win-win for both the businesses and the school,” she says.
“We are very small, only one class per grade level, and so we very much look beyond our playground and the four walls of our building. We see ourselves as part of the bigger Dupont community. Our partnerships with businesses in turn drive more of our parents and community members into those businesses. Reciprocity is unique to our school, and it continues to grow year after year.”
Note: Borderstan Media is proud to be among this year’s sponsors of the Ross School PTA Auction, along with Level One restaurant, Modern Classics and VIDA Fitness.
By Jana Petersen
In what was a wildly successful evening, Ross Elementary School raised $40,000 in its third annual auction last Saturday, almost doubling the amount it raised last year. This year’s event was held at the German Marshall Fund at R Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW and was coordinated by the Ross School PTA.
The funds raised will be directed to modernize its current building, create enrichment programs for its students, and assist in the professional development opportunities for its teachers; in fact, $3,000 was raised at the time of the auction, in live auction paddle boating, for teacher professional development programs. Ross School serves students from pre-K through Grade 5 and is located at 1730 R Street NW.
Wondering how to score a lunch with Rhee or Chuck Todd? See how much the hottest prizes went for below, and start budgeting accordingly now for the 2012 auction! (If you, like me, need this much advanced planning.)
- Napa Valley Experience – $2,800
- Gourmet Dinner in your home for 10 to 12 – $1,000
- Lunch with Michelle Rhee – $750
- Lunch with Chuck Todd – $500
- 2 Tickets to Taylor Swift in CBS Studio Suite – $500
- Front Row Caps Tickets – $500
Susan and Bob Meehan were recognized for their longtime support of Ross Elementary School. The Meehans have lived on the 1700 block of Corcoran since the 1970s and have taken an active interest in the school for decades. The Meehans played a role in helping reopen Ross for the neighborhood after it had been closed.
Bob Meehan currently serves as an advisory neighborhood commissioner on ANC 2B, representing district 03. Susan Meehan also served on ANC 2B at one point.
If this year is any indication, you can’t help but wonder what the years ahead will look like – in both prizes and the future of Ross Elementary. More information: Saturday: Ross School Auction (Lunch with Chuck Todd, Michelle Rhee?)