The artwork of Eldon students, families and area residents will be up for grabs for the fourth annual Silent Art Auction fundraiser to benefit Reading in the Park, a summer event that provides free books to students.
The event is hosted by PAVE AmeriCorps, a K-12 learning assistance program in Eldon, and will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at Eldon Upper Elementary. The artwork is donated by local school students, area families, churches and community organizations. Available artwork will include paintings, mixed media, sketches, a metal sculpture and a blanket. Artwork donations will be accepted through Monday.
A station will be available to make personal souvenir block prints and learn about the process.
PAVE AmeriCorps is a national service program with a location in Eldon since 2006. The program offers wellness support and tutoring to students, focusing primarily on math and reading with young students and also social studies and science for older students.
Proceeds from the silent auction will provide funding for the Reading in the Park program, where volunteers dress as storybook characters and read to children. The event also includes crafts, foods, gift bags and door prizes.
"It's a great way to come and celebrate reading," said Karyn Bonney, program supervisor for Pave AmeriCorps in Eldon. "It also helps prevent summer learning loss because we give the kids free books to take home, and this fundraiser is important because it helps us put that event on every year."
Last year, more than 100 people attended the event, and Bonney hopes to have a similar turnout this year and sell all of the art. She said family members worked with their students of all ages to create wonderful works of art that would make a good pieces for homes or offices.
"Some of those kids you can tell really took a lot of responsibility for making their art piece," Bonney said. "It's obvious a kid made that, but families help, so some of the pieces are really nice, and we have some really talented families here.
"If you're in the room when the kids come in, they are just so proud of what they made, and to me the money is almost secondary compared to the kids look so proud of not only making something but having it donated to a bigger cause."