Hope Town School held a wine & cheese fundraiser on April 17. A focus of the fundraiser was the book the schoolchildren wrote and illustrated: “Up Cycles to School.” A great crowd turned out to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge to enjoy an evening browsing auction items, interacting with the students and socializing over a glass of wine.
A centerpiece of the evening was a large board indicating specific items the school needs. The board filled up throughout the event as individuals and families put money towards art supplies, playground equipment, musical instruments and many other supplies and necessary services. One of the biggest individual donations came from the Mack family, who funded a year’s worth of high speed internet for the school.
The largest big ticket item that did not get funded that night was the set of twelve tablets priced at $500 a piece, or a total of $6,000. The school is still hoping to find a donor for these items.
Throughout the evening students proudly displayed their collective work. “Up Cycles to School” has been selling throughout Abaco and goes towards funding the public school. The books were, of course, on sale that night as well.
Local artist, Atilla Festz, had on display shirts that featured artwork from the school students. In a unique style, the art depicted sharks, crabs, marlins and many other Bahamian animals. Proceeds from sale of the shirts went towards the school.
The private room at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge provided a great venue for the event. Guests mingled between auction stations, the wine table and spoke to teachers, students and volunteers.