Arley school hosting auction Feb. 23; goal set at $50,000

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/13/18

RLEY — Meek Elementary School in Arley will host an auction on Friday, Feb. 23, to help raise money so the school can purchase a number of Apple iPad Minis and Chromebooks for its students.

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Arley school hosting auction Feb. 23; goal set at $50,000

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ARLEY — Meek Elementary School in Arley will host an auction on Friday, Feb. 23, to help raise money so the school can purchase a number of Apple iPad Minis and Chromebooks for its students.

“After looking at the innovative needs of our school, and all the changes in technology today, we wanted to be able to prepare our students for the brightest future possible,” Meek Elementary Principal Heather Tucker said. “So we figured one way for us to do that would be to provide our students with a one-to-one initiative using some sort of device that they could use to do their homework and other day-to-day school work.”

Tucker said after looking into the technology available today, the school decided to purchase a number of Apple iPad Minis for Grades K-2 and Chromebooks for Grades 3-6.

“That way our students will get exposure to both types of this very innovative technology,” Tucker said. “We want to purchase at least 200 of these devices. But its going to cost us $50,000, which is a huge goal for a school our size.”

Tucker said the idea to purchase the computers was sort of “out-of-the-box” for the school — so they needed out-of-the-box ideas for funding in an effort to meet their goal.

“I shared the idea of purchasing the computers with a gentleman, who has been very helpful here at our school,” Tucker said. “He works with the Friends of Hale County, which is a non-profit organization that has helped a number of schools in different areas of our state, and he had some very innovative ideas for ways we could raise money to purchase the computers.”

Tucker said one of those ideas was to hold an auction and the same gentleman even kicked off the fundraising campaign by donating a number of outdoor furniture groups, which will be auctioned off during the Feb. 23 auction.

“The Friends of Hale County foundation has also donated 22 Chromebooks and five iPad Minis to the campaign as well,” Tucker said. “And the Arley Women’s Club also donated $3,000 recently to our computer campaign, which be used to purchase 13 Chromebooks. But we still have a long way to go.”

The school will have lots of new outdoor furniture, gently used bank/office furniture, and cakes to auction off. There will also be door prizes and a “Meet the 2018 Candidates” segment at the event. Organizers are in need of large items for the auction, as well as door prizes for the event.

“We’ve had a couple of furniture stores who have also agreed to donate items, such as recliners as well, but we still need more items for the auction, especially big items,” said Cyndy Bartlett, a teacher at Meek Elementary and the auction coordinator. “This is the first time we’ve tried to do anything like this, and we’re just working to get as much stuff as we can that will bring money at the auction.”

Tucker said the auctioneer was even donating his time for the event. Candidates running for office in the upcoming 2018 elections are also invited to come and speak at the event.

“We have a great support system in our community, and we really hope everyone will come out and support this event,” Tucker said. “Because we just want to provide our students with every opportunity available, so they will be as prepared as possible when they leave here. After all they are the future of our community.”