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The Nisqually Valley News (NVN) is reporting in this week’s edition [Aug. 18]:
“Backers of the Children’s School of Excellence raised a record $175,000 for the Rainier private school during its third annual Garden Party fund raiser and auction night. Proceeds from the dinner, live and silent auctions blew through last year’s $117,000 tally. About 500 people attended…Funds raised go toward the operation of the school as well as financial assistance to parents… Children’s School of Excellence serves grades K-9, and opened in 1999, founded by RSE student Marjorie Layden… The school doesn’t have a financial relationship with RSE, but does have a relationship with presenting to children some of the concepts that adults learn from the School of Enlightenment. Many of the students go to Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, but some do not. Students don’t have to attend RSE to go to the Children’s School of Excellence, Church said [CSE board secretary Terri Church]. It costs about $4,725 per year for a child to attend CSE.” This story is fully accessible only to NVN subscribers. [Ed. Note: What is amazing to this writer is that for two years in a row, the 80+ student private school has raised more funds than the 5,000+ student Yelm Community Schools fundraiser sponsored by the Yelm Chamber of Commerce & with the same auctioneer Larry Schorno, however this as a story has yet to be covered by the NVN. HMMM.]

Photo from Children’s School of Excellence website

Posted by Steve on August 20, 2006 at 8:48 am | Permalink

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  1. Did you ever do a follow-up story on this fundraiser? I would be interested in knowing how they managed to rake in so much money out of a small student body.

    Comment by Diane Leal on February 15, 2007 at 9:49 pm

  2. It is rather amazing that a little private school with less than 75 students can raise more money at their auction 2 years in a row than the multi-thousand student body Yelm Community Schools. This is a true testament to auction host Linda Evans, auctioneer Larry Schorno & his assistants Cindy Schorno & now-retired Thurston County Sheriff Gary Edwards and all of the parents, families & friends of this little school passionately digging deep into their pockets for a school they feel deserves such support, as reported in the NVN.
    Thanks for asking, as I will do a future follow-up story per your suggestion.

    Steve Klein

    Comment by Steve Klein on February 16, 2007 at 10:06 am

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