This March Grout School fundraising auction will raise money for playground rehab

RITA A. LEONARD - Grout Schools March 9 auction will help fund the rejuvenation of the elementary schools wooden playground structure.  Grout Elementary School's PTA is planning its second fundraising auction for March 9 -- from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the silent auction are slated to help rejuvenate the school's old wooden playground structure, and provide updates to the soccer field and outdoor classroom. The auction will be held at St. David of Wales Church, 2800 S.E. Harrison Street, and tickets will go on sale in late January.

Grout PTA Auction Chair Angela Gillette tells THE BEE they expect more than 200 attendees, and are actively soliciting tax-deductible donations for it to improve the schoolgrounds. "Our school has one of the most diverse school populations in all of the Portland Public Schools, and is also home to a Head Start preschool program that serves low-income children and their families," she says.

"We also support a school-wide drama program, an outdoor learning garden, and are one of the first PPS Schools to incorporate a new technology-based reading program. Donations of goods or funds, as well as all the proceeds from the auction, will have an immediate & positive impact on our children." The school is on S.E. Holgate Boulevard, and serves Creston-Kenilworth, Reed, and Brooklyn neighborhood children.

"We will have food, wine, and beer available at the auction, and Hip Chicks Urban Winery will be attending, and donating wine. Our theme is 'Beach Bash', although donations do not necessarily require a beach theme! Gift Baskets and Gift Certificates are also welcome," recounted Gillette.

"Donations are fully tax deductible, and our community gladly supports businesses who partner with us. In addition, event sponsors also have the opportunity to advertise on our playground fence for the entire 2017-2018 school year." Those with questions can e-mail her at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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