Donalda School raises $3,000 for Stettler Food Bank

Student artists in multiple grades hold art auction gala

Some budding artists at Donalda School not only wowed the community with their artistic skills Dec. 9, they also raised $3,000 for the Stettler Food Bank.

Grade 1 and 2 teacher Teresa Andersson said the students recently held an art auction gala, as part of a project based learning initiative at the school. Andersson said project based learning is a teaching method which allows students to gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.

“Grade 1 and 2 students did a Project Based Learning, Art Auction Gala last Saturday, and we raised quite a bit of money to donate to the food bank,” stated Andersson, who noted that, after covering cost of materials, the kids raised $3,000 for the food bank.

“We invited MP Kevin Sorenson to be our auctioneer and he did a fabulous job,” added Andersson.

Grade 1 students included Danica Bjorge, Charlee Erickson, Kaden Erickson, Micheal Reid and Connor Thebeau. Grade 2 students included Owen Butterfield, Bentley Charles, Jordyn Erickson, Sara Erickson, William Hall, Ty Nixon, Katrina Siemens and Lily Whynott.

Grade 7 (Emily Blouin, David Geisbrecht, Colby Norman and Brooke Wilkie) and Grade 8 (Emily Cartier, Cornelius Geisbrecht, Morgyn Fuller and Sarah Swedberg) also had artwork at the gala.

The Grade 1 and 2 students submitted 33 lots for their art gala auction, ranging from pencil to watercolour to jewelry to sculpture.

The art auction was held in the school gym and Sorenson deftly handled the auctioneering, getting high bids of $210 for some lots.

Andersson added that students and staff selected the Stettler Food bank as recipient because they handle projects like the Christmas hampers and the school wellness committee is doing things based on eating.

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