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DBA hosting school supply auction July 28

Luke Graham

With one child graduated from college and another one set to start kindergarten in the fall, Scott Cook knows how pricy school and school supplies can be.

“Everything is more expensive,” he said.

Luckily, The Downtown Bus-iness Association wants to help. Its fund-raiser for school supplies continues for the third year at 7 p.m. July 28.

To raise funds, the DBA asks local businesses to donate items that later are auctioned off. There are also donation boxes in which members of the community can contribute money.

The money that is raised from the auction is given to the Community Budget Center, who then passes it to the school district.

In year’s past, the Budget Center would buy supplies and give them to the school, but starting last year, the school district accepted a $1,000 check from the Budget Center, which was divided between the schools.

Superintendent Pete Bergmann said the auction is a tremendous asset to the school district and families who have a tough time buying their children school supplies.

“We really appreciate the Community Budget Center and the Downtown Business Association putting together this fund-raiser,” he said.

Bergmann said use of the materials bought with the money was extensive at every school.

DBA made $800 the first year and more than $1,000 the second year. DBA Member Carol Wilson hopes to surpass last year’s total, but she said the primary thing is to help the school district and the children.

“It seems like a fun way to raise money,” she said. “The main goal is to just be successful and to augment the school district.”

Items up for auction this year include televisions, DVD players, gift baskets and gift certificates, DBA Member Sandi Davis said.

“Like any auction, you’re not sure what’s totally there until a couple of days before,” she said. “We’ll take donations up to the event. We just hope it’s a community effort for the schools.”

Cook, who owns Cook Chevrolet, said he donates stuff every year because it is important for children to have supplies in school.

“(The fund-raiser’s) a great cause,” he said. “Anything we can do to help kids, we do.”

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