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Bidding for Winter Festival Online Auction Starts Thursday Morning

February 17, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Business, Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON – Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, a night of fine dining, summer music lessons for the kids, a Patriots pre-season game, student-created art or a myriad of other items, the 2016 Winter Festival Online Auction is just the place. Your children could even have the chance to ride in an antique bus on the first day of school or a fire engine at the Memorial Day parade.

OriginalThe bidding starts at 10 a.m. Thursday and proceeds, which are often close to $30,000, are split between Parent Teacher Organizations at Cherry Brook Primary and Canton Intermediate Schools.

“It’s a great way to support the local schools,” Anne Marie Pelletier, co-president of the Cherry Brook PTO, said, adding that bidding for most items starts well below retail value.

“The best part of this fundraiser is it provides families with things they can use and they need, while the proceeds go to benefit the schools,” said Jen Rottkamp, president of the Canton Intermediate School PTO.

In all, there are more than 600 items this year, including many new ones.

This year, there are numerous “cool experiences” for kids. In addition to staples like Superintendent for the Day and a ride in a police car on the first day of school, new additions include a Memorial Day ride in  a Public Works truck and a spring-day ride to school in a vintage school bus, courtesy of Martel Transportation.

“There’s several cool experiences this year,” Pelletier said.

Also, the number of themed getaway items for places near and far is much greater.

There are many gift cards, classes and other offerings from local businesses. Many newer businesses to town donated this year and a host of others continue to offer support.

“I’m always surprised by how generous businesses are,” Pelletier said. “The support of this community (is amazing).”

In addition, more local parents have donated their talents. One local resident, for example is famous for her cake pops, Rottkamp said.

Funds raised through the auction will see various uses. One major goal of the Cherry Brook PTO is to fund a durable shade canopy over the sandbox at the school’s main playground, which was recently replaced through a major PTO fundraising drive. That shade canopy project, in all, is approximately $8,000.

At CIS, much of the funding will go toward field trips and events for the students. In recent years, the CIS PTO launch major Chromebook initiatives. Knowing many families supported that and the playground initiatives, the CIS PTO this year is holding very few fundraisers and focusing on community events, Rottkamp said.

Bidding will take place through Feb. 25 and the auction site can be found at www.BiddingforGood.com/cantonpto

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