QA schools raise over $19k at Haiti rummage sale

Posted on February 8th, 2010 by master


Before joining their friends and family to watch the Superbowl on Sunday, Queen Anne parents, teachers and students volunteered their time running the Help for Haiti Rummage Sale, raising just shy of $20,000 for post-earthquake aide.

Help for Haiti Rummage Sale, courtesy of Eileen Nishi

This is the second time Coe Elementary, John Hay and McClure Middle School have gotten together to run a major sale event for charity. The three schools first teamed up in 2005, just after the tsunami, and successfully raised $10,000. When the earthquake hit Haiti, the organizers decided to run the event again. This time they raised $19,200.

“The same group all came together and decided to do it again,” said organizers and former John Hay parent Mimi Gan. Their goal was to beat their previous record. “We’ve almost doubled it!” she said.

Help for Haiti Rummage Sale, courtesy of Eileen Nishi

As for the sale itself, items varied from used toys and clothes, to housewares, baked goods (the in-house bake sale raised $755 alone) and even some last-minute surprise donations, including a car! According to Gan, the principal of Coe Elementary, Mr. Elliott, drove his car to the rummage sale and began taking bids, eventually selling it for $350.

“I don’t know how old it was,” Gan said. “He was very honest about it – there were some things wrong with it. But it sold!”

(This is Mr. Elliott’s fifth and last year at Coe. He will be moving to the new Old Hay, Queen Anne Elementary for the 2010-2011 school year).

Help for Haiti Rummage Sale, courtesy of Eileen Nishi

Volunteers said the rummage sale stayed relatively busy from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the crowds were taken over by football frenzy.

“We had a steady flow of people most of the day. At the end, we did a Craig’s list blast to get rid of as much as we could. We advertised $5 for what you could take out,” said fellow parent and volunteer Stacy Lawson. As for the results, “We were ecstatic,” she said.

“It was great fun,” Gan said. “It was a great community builder and people were so generous.”

According to Gan the money will be dispersed evenly between three aid organizations, the American Red Cross, Partners in Health and Project Hope.

(Thanks to Eileen Nishi for the pictures!)


0 responses to “QA schools raise over $19k at Haiti rummage sale”

  1. Name says:

    Correction: Mr. David Elliott is leading the new Queen Anne Elementary school as of next year.

  2. Name says:

    Correction: Mr. David Elliott is leading the new Queen Anne Elementary school as of next year.

  3. ad517 says:

    Wow, that is amazing!!!! Great job, everyone!!

  4. ad517 says:

    Wow, that is amazing!!!! Great job, everyone!!

  5. Name says:

    Fantastic job! Good on all of you!

  6. Name says:

    Fantastic job! Good on all of you!

  7. DeckerFamily says:

    WOO HOO! Way to go friends! 🙂

  8. DeckerFamily says:

    WOO HOO! Way to go friends! 🙂

  9. Name says:

    Fantastic job! Good on all of you!

  10. Name says:

    Fantastic job! Good on all of you!

  11. DeckerFamily says:

    WOO HOO! Way to go friends! 🙂

  12. DeckerFamily says:

    WOO HOO! Way to go friends! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.