A community caring for kids
The kids of the Blooming Prairie School District are the recipients of a caring community.
The existence of the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation proves that point. The 15th Annual BP Ed Auctions are scheduled for Saturday at the Pizza Cellar and Cue Company.
As soon as the 14th annual auctions entered the history books on March 25, 2017, planning began for the 2018 auctions. Last year's take was $70,000.
"We don't set goals, we just try to make each event better than the one before," said Julie Noble, president of the BP Ed Foundation. "This community truly believes in their kids and with these funds, it is possible to make a brighter future for them with more educational programs," added Noble.
The BP Education Foundation is a non-profit organization created by a group of fiscally conservative community members. Mission of the Foundation is "to enhance the educational opportunities for the students of ISD 756."
Funding for the Foundation is possible through the generous contributions of community members, alumni, business and other charitable organizations.
Karen Fouarge is auction committee chair. Her committee is about 20-strong.
More than 300 items were donated and auctioned last year. Fouarge believes that total might be eclipsed this year.
The Foundation uses its resources to fill voids in programs by adding to the education experiences of the students of ISD 756.
Proceeds from the auctions will be used to fund allocations requested from the BP School District and from teachers. The allocation requests are made twice a year. About 50 are allotted each year, founder Sue Zwiener said.
The funds are used to support technology advances, field trips, robotics team at the high school, lego project at the elementary school, purchase of 3D printers for the high school and elementary, etc.
A variety of auction items are featured with the silent auction running from 3-6 p.m. and the live auction following.
Collectibles, craft items, food items and specialty pieces are donated by community residents and by people outside of the community who also believe in investing in the education of kids.
A new twist was added to the auction last year. One hundred tickets at $50 each were sold with the winner getting the chance to pick any item on the auction list. Sandy Jones was the winner. She picked the four airline tickets at any place in the continental United States. The tickets were donated by Minimizer.
The winner of the drawing and their item selection will be announced at 6 p.m.
Another novel idea will be tried this year with a tote auction. Three purses will have special items in them with bidders not knowing what the contents may be. The purses may contain diamond ear-rings, diamond bracelet, cash, lottery tickets or other jewelry.