The annual Corlears Auction is an event that the entire community looks forward to. While the students of Corlears remain at the heart of Auction fundraising efforts, the evening itself is a rare adults-only occasion; when parents, faculty, and staff can come together and connect with one another outside of the school walls. The energy and excitement, blended with the spirit of giving, creates the ideal environment for celebrating our unique community, while looking toward shared goals for the future.
The Auction is truly a schoolwide effort. From parents, to staff and students - everyone contributes to the event in their own way. Every detail of the evening, as well as events prior, have been conceptualized and shaped by a dedicated group of parents that come together each year as the Auction Committee. Beginning with a lobby display, parents armed with staplers, glue, scissors, and a vision create a beautiful display which seems to become more unique and ornate with each passing year; serving as a reminder of the excitement to come. Raffle sales take place amidst the hustle and bustle of drop-off; this year, with special props and themes conceptualized enthusiastically by the committee. The live and silent auction itself is even supported by Corlears parents. In collaboration with Director of Development, Mallory King, special auction items and experiences are solicited, organized and donated; ensuring an exciting list of offerings for the evening’s festivities. Staff and faculty also get in the spirit by participating in the silent auction through their contribution of "staff experiences." This year, some lucky students might have the chance to go to a Mets game with Alex and Patrick, or join Rachel and Catie at the movies! These special experiences allow for students to connect with the familiar faces of Corlears in unexpected ways.
While the students themselves are not present for the evening, their presence is certainly felt -- and seen -- through their unique contributions. Each year, Corlears students create works of art that are even more meaningful than they are beautiful. Working with Art Specialist, Becky, students explore a range of materials as well as themes through their artistic collaborations. This year, art topics range from friendship, to nature, to elements of play. Made specially for the Auction, each piece is not only infused with aspects of classroom work, but of the students’ unique personalities. The 10s have the special opportunity of working with Head of School, David Egolf, on their particular piece. As the leaders of the school, these students make an effort to represent all age groups, not just their own, in their work. This year’s piece, called the The (Art)ifacts of Play, contains writing utensils from all age groups; representing both the years long journey of a Corlears education, as well as the rich diversity of the school.
Much like the artwork, beneath the surface, the Auction as a whole holds a much deeper meaning for the Corlears community. Though the evening certainly is a wonderful social gathering, it also serves to further enrich the Corlears experience as whole. Every raffle ticket, bid or paddle raise is an opportunity to make a commitment to further support the education of all Corlears students, and equip their teachers with the tools they need to enhance the classroom experience. It is the generosity of parents that allows the school’s program, both inside and outside of the classroom, to grow with each passing year.
With contributions from every community member, the success of the Auction is representative of the Corlears school spirit. As March 9th approaches and excitement continues to grow, and it is clear that the Corlears “Community In Action” will come together -- and come to life -- on this night.