An art show and sale displayed the artistic talents of USD 350 students and the sale brought in money for various district needs.

There may be a future Picasso or Da Vinci roaming the halls at USD 350. The 2018 art auction at the annual Jubilee gives grade school students and any other students in the district, the chance to show off their artistic skills and earn some money for the district.

At the auction, students’ art is put on display then auctioned off to the highest bidder. All proceeds eventually going back to the district, said Barb Alpers, member of the Education Foundation Board.

The USD 350 Education Foundation wanted to bring attention to the student’s art work.

Alpers, who is on the Education Foundation, said the movement started last year because they wanted to bring awareness of the art students and their ability to the area.

Students create art projects and auction them off to the highest bidder at the annual Jubilee celebration in the St. John.

This became an art project for all students in grades 1 through seven as a class project. Some students in those classes, as well as in middle school and high school, also made individual projects of their own for the auction.

Most of the artwork was made from recycled materials and each class in grades 1 though 7 worked together on class projects. Students got to name their artwork and received a letter of authenticity.

At the auction, student artists walked through the crowd and told the audience about their class or individual artwork.

“It gives them a little ownership and pride in their art work,” Alpers said.

Items were sold in rollover style. Someone would buy an item, donate the money and then sell it again. One particular item was sold several times and brought $200. The rollover method allows more people to participate in the bidding process and raise more money for the district.

This year there were 57 items up for sale and one item, made with recycled bottle caps and made in the fourth grade, brought in $1,000. In total, the auction cleared around $6,000 this year. The 2017 art auction raised $3,100.

All proceeds are divided with 60 percent going to the foundation, 20 percent to the art department and 20 percent goes to the class with the highest sales, the fourth grade. That money will stay with the class as they transition into the fifth grade, Alpers said.

All of the money that goes to the foundation goes to the school for various projects including the school library. Other projects include new doors for classrooms, new seating for the auditorium and gym, upgraded bleachers at the football field and a new robotics program at school.

To get Foundation funds, the superintendent offers a “grant” application to the teachers. The Foundation reviews the grants and awards funds. Awards include a smart board and an etching pen for industrial arts.

The Foundation is a 501c3 so the bids are a tax deduction.