A&T auction returns

From left, Wendy Church and Tulalip Tribes Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. survey the bid item menu for last year’s Marysville Arts and Technology School Senior Legacy Auction. - Courtesy photo
From left, Wendy Church and Tulalip Tribes Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. survey the bid item menu for last year’s Marysville Arts and Technology School Senior Legacy Auction.
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MARYSVILLE — Yet another senior class from the Marysville Arts and Technology High School is looking to leave a positive legacy for future students, and Lana Magnan hopes the community will help them meet their goal.

Magnan is once again chairing the annual Arts and Tech School Senior Legacy Auction, which is returning to the Tulalip Resort Hotel and Casino this year on March 14. This year’s auction will contribute toward working with the Marysville School District to purchase interactive whiteboards and peripherals for all of the classrooms at Arts and Tech.

“This technology package was planned for in the original design of the school, but was cut in the cost-overrun,” Magnan said. “These packages will create a learning experience for our students that corresponds to technology, which is important for an arts and technology school. We would really like this year’s auction to be wildly successful”

Magnan praised Shelly Berry, Brenda Vieweg and Peggy Jahn as among the volunteers that have gone above and beyond to make the auction possible.

Last year’s legacy is still yielding results, with the 2009 Senior Legacy Auction donating $27,000 to the school district for the work on the Marysville Secondary Campus walking trail. The Tulalip Tribes have also donated 3,400 cubic yards of topsoil, or 280 dump-truck loads, and written a charitable grant for the cost of trucking that topsoil to the campus. With the help of the district, the 2009 Senior Legacy Auction is also hiring Rick Orr, of Native Grounds Landscaping, to begin work on the site this spring.

“The school district has planned to help us by dragging and seeding this spring,” Magnan said. “We are in the process of purchasing the fit-trail equipment and it will be installed by the Marysville Noon Rotary.”

Magnan looks forward to a possible May dedication of the field, which she hopes the Tribes will be part of, and anticipates that the field will be ready to play ball on by the fall.

She added that a 2011 Senior Legacy Auction could possibly help build a state-of-the-art manufacturing lab or fine arts studio, create an electronic library or continue to assemble a fully functioning theater program, complete with sound and lights.

“The real beauty of what we’ve created here is that the faculty help guide what is funded, but we invest in the students’ highest priorities on the campus,” Magnan said. “Anything is possible!”

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