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Clayton Middle School Fundraiser to Showcase Student Furniture, Artwork

School fundraisers are nothing new, but Clayton Middle School in Reno hopes to make their big event really stand out by showcasing furniture and artwork created by their very own students.

A bird house is one of the many student-made items that will be auctioned this Friday during Growing Clayton's Future - the middle school's annual fundraiser. Some of the other items - tables and chairs  made from repurposed wood.

"So we've got to disassemble the pallets and put it back together in the form of some kind of furniture."

Steve Sutherland teaches technology and science at Clayton and says knowing that the items they build will raise money for their school, gives the kids a sense of ownership.

"It feels really good because I put a lot of effort into it and I wouldn't like to see it wasted or just thrown out," says 8th grader Kyle Carsen-Burge.

The 'Building Clayton's Future" event helps the school buy much needed items that the general budget does not cover.

"But when we need more money for athletics, the arts, the music programs, that's what we need the fundraising for," says Tamala Green of Clayton Parent Club.

Green helps organize the event and says a large number of Clayton's students come from low income households, so the money raised goes a long way. "Anything we can do to invite the public and our community together, so the focus isn't just about fundraising - it's getting everybody together as a community."

Growing Clayton's Future is Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at Garden Shop Nursery on Mayberry Drive in Reno. There will be live music from the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra and the band Electric Catfish, food trucks, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Admission is free.

Written by Andi Guevara
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