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Worthington Christian School to host fundraising auction Saturday

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Third and fourth grade students in Annette Bosma's class at the Worthington Christian School work on the tie-blanket to be donated for Saturday's benefit auction.

WORTHINGTON -- In a span of about five hours on Saturday afternoon, Worthington Christian School supporters hope to raise more than $30,000 to help fund for educational materials, equipment and activities for the 52 kindergarten through eighth-grade students who attend the private school.

For 30 years, the school has conducted a fundraising auction filled with everything from donations from local businesses and families to major sports teams. WCS students also get involved, many of them making items in school to sell in the auction.

The annual event gets under way at noon at the school, 1770 Eleanor St., with students and their families operating a lunch counter beginning when the doors open at 11 a.m. Specials include walking tacos, pork sandwiches, hot dogs, homemade bars and pie.

Dannielle and Clay Weg, and Tim and Susan Hansberger are the chairpeople for this year's auction.

"This is our largest fundraiser," said Dannielle Weg. "The community responds so well to us, and the businesses really give us nice items."

The money raised from the auction is placed in the school's general fund, with school board members deciding how best to utilize the dollars.

Students attending the private school pay an annual tuition of $3,000 -- a fee the school has been able to lower in recent years. Fundraisers are utilized to help offset the costs for families who may not otherwise be able to afford it.

"We have to buy all of our own curriculum, sporting equipment, playground equipment -- the whole gamut," said Weg.

In the past, the auction has typically exceeded its goal, and Weg hopes the same can be done this year.

Bidders will have their chance at buying everything from Twins, Timberwolves, Gophers and Storm tickets to bags of corn and soybean seed, food items, gift baskets and certificates, and hotel and resort stays.

"We have farm and home repair items to air compressors, pedal tractors and homemade items people bring that are really sought after," Weg said. "We have some really good cooks in our society."

Students of Worthington Christian School have been busy crafting items for the auction, with kindergartners potting plants, first- and second-graders making cookie mix in a jar, third- and fourth-graders compiling a cozy basket and fifth-and sixth-graders filling a Christmas basket.

"Sometimes (students) even make certificates for yard work and babysitting," Weg said.

The annual auction fundraiser gives students, families and school staff a chance to show off what Worthington Christian school has to offer. Weg said it wouldn't be possible without the generosity of others.

"I want to offer a heartfelt thanks to everybody who makes this possible, from the donors to the people who work and the committee members," she said. "We keep making a good tradition better."

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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