The Open Classroom’s Country Day Fair fundraiser is back! There are many ways to participate, and if each of us finds ways to help, it makes it an easy and fun event for all.

A big part of the success of the event is the raffle. Parents have often contributed items that have helped tremendously, like a weekend in a Tahoe cabin, handmade stunning furniture, a BMX Bike, Giants Tickets, merchandise from where they work, an AMAZON FIRE HD 7 TABLET (purchased for the raffle), or services, merchandise or gift certificates.

I’m reaching out to all of the Open Classroom parents to see if there are any hidden treasures or skills out there to donate to this year’s auction. Let’s be creative! Two of our most popular items are the Weekend Warriors, made up of Open Dad’s who are contractors and those that can build, and the Garden Goddesses, made up of Open Mom’s who love to Garden. Donating to the raffle is a great way to get exposure for your business and services while helping the school.

Many of our generous donors to the raffle have kids who have moved on to the middle school and beyond, so it would be wonderful if some new families could step forward to contribute their talents or donate an item. For example, could someone sponsor the giants tickets or offer a weekend in your vacation timeshare, which have always been very popular prize items?

The Open Classroom is holding our annual fundraiser and raffle on May 20 this year. This event is a much needed fundraiser to help finance the classroom aides, and supports art, music, and other specialized education. Schools nationwide have been hard-hit by the budget crisis, and this event is essential to continuing our commitment to these critical programs that the district cannot fund. Your support is essential to provide the children of Open Classroom with the quality education they deserve.

Please let me know what you can donate to keep our school awesome.

Many thanks,

Noelle Marquis
P.S. To inspire you, here are our prizes from last year:

WEEKEND WARRIOR WORK DAY – Red Ticket Valued at $2,500 – Marin County only.
Can they build it? YES THEY CAN! Win the labor of 6-8 skilled craftsmen for 6 hours on Saturday, June 4, 2016. (No alternative dates available) Our warriors this year will include Greg Arnold, Pippin Cavagnaro, Ian Edwards, Jeremy Light, Lee Slaughter and David Snaith.

WEEKEND AT 3 BEDROOM TAHOE CABIN – Light Blue Ticket – Valued at $400
The sweet cabin is a 3 bedroom 2 bath that sleeps 7 to 11 people. It is located in Soda Springs. The cabin has a sunny back deck with hot tub overlooking the upper Yuba River. The dates are June 17-19 (No alternative dates available – no check in time Fri or check out time on Sun). Generously donated by Dianne Ploof and Lee Slaughter

GIANTS TICKETS – Orange Ticket – Valued at $210
4 Tickets to the game on Sat. Jun 25, 2016 7:05 PM – AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA – Giants v. Philadelphia Phillies
Section: Left Field Bleacher 140 Row: 15 Seats: 21-24 – (Madison Bumgarner Bobblehead Giveaway – early arrival)

DREAM PACKAGE FOR MOM! – Pink Ticket – Package valued at $702
Begin your adventure with 5 classes w/childcare at Élan Fitness Center ($100) and a 5-class packet for Pilates with Karlon Kepcke ($75) ! Enjoy a Chinese tea service set and 2 one ounce bags of tea (winner’s choice) from The Western Gate Revolutionary Teahouse and Book Commons ($100). Why not get some local style? Go shopping at the oh so chic Lola’s Depot and drop your $30 gift card on clothing or accessories. You’ll feel great supporting recycled fashions. How ’bout a great haircut by Kira Thelin at the Bridge Street Salon ($75), more pampering with an in-salon Kerastase Treatment and Blow Dry at Sproos salon from Kim Das ($75), and finish with a 90 minute Swedish massage from Coleen Grimes ($100). Enjoy 3 gift cards for pet sitting/dog walking services from Fetch! Pet Care, including a one hour dog walking $27, overnight pet sitting $65, and in home boarding $55.

GARDEN GODDESSES! – Green Ticket – Valued at $600 – Marin County only.
Have a garden that needs some TLC? Don’t we all? Win the talents of 4-6 skilled garden divas
from 10-12 on Saturday, June 4, 2016 (plus one hour of planning). (No alternative dates available)
Our goddesses this year will include Catherine Carlson-Cavagnaro, Libby Groutt, Wendy Heneghan and Amy McConnell.

6 incredible connectivity options: Airplay, Bluetooth with Apt-X, USB, Optical, Stereo 3.5mm, Ethernet. Sealed, acoustic suspension MDF enclosure is gently curved for superior rigidity and more lifelike sound projection. Uniquely engineered multiple-driver array delivers superior midrange detail, for pinpoint vocal clarity and realistic imaging. Polk’s proprietary, patented Dynamic Balance tuning technology nixes distortion-causing driver and system resonances before the manufacturing stage, so you only hear the good sounds. Advanced on-board power amplifier and on-board Dolby Digital processing: connect directly to your TV, DVD or Blu-Ray player, or gaming console. Easily accessible front panel controls, plus advanced extended range learning remote controller. ENERGY STAR Certified.

HANDMADE QUILT – Purple Ticket – Valued at $350
This beautiful handmade quilt 84×94 will include the following colors: White, Gray, Yellow, Turquoise, and Aqua, perfect for a standard/double bed, or a topper for a queen size bed. Quilted with 12 different block designs around edge of center design and is machine washable. It will be cherished for decades. Generously made and donated by Kristy Snaith.
GIANT STUFFED PENGUIN – Yellow Ticket – Valued at $299
This Adorable Giant Stuffed Penguin is 34@ tall – Generously donated by Revolution 9, one of Fairfax=s coolest businesses.

SKATEBOARDING PACKAGE – Teal Ticket – Valued at $187.65
Ready to shred?!? This is the raffle prize for you! Creation Skateboards- Shark Attack Team Deck + Nuts & Bolts (8×32” – art by Adi, P. Town), Satori Movement- Multi Colored Cruiser Wheels Set + Bearings (Multicolor), Satori Movement- Trifold Wallet, Satori Movement- Reversible Beanie (Olive), Satori Movement- Half-Link Ankle Socks (Chocolate), Satori Movement- Warrior Crew Socks (Black), Satori Movement- Always Pushing Tshirt (Olive), Satori Movement- Longboard for Peace Pins.
Generously donated by Satori Movement and Creation Skateboards.

MAGIC THE GATHERING INNISTRAD BOOSTER BOX (36 Packs) – Dark Blue Ticket – Valued at $144
Magic: The Gathering (aka Magic) is a trading card game with approximately twenty million players.
Generously donated by Revolution 9, one of Fairfax’s coolest businesses.