West Seattle schools: Gatewood Elementary’s ‘Mad Hatter’ auction

March 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm | In Gatewood, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 7 Comments

(Photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)
Even before we got to the big room with the big party last night at The Hall at FauntleroyGatewood Elementary‘s annual Bids for Kids auction, whose organizers invited us to stop by – the sight above brought us to a full stop: A tree hung with old-fashioned rabbit’s-foot keychains, popular trinkets in the ’60s-’70s. Worked perfectly with the sign, given that the theme was Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which also meant it was no surprise to spot more than a few hats in the crowd:

Also in keeping with the theme – this Cheshire Cat cake from the “dessert dash,” donated by Melinda Pond:

(Photo by Doug Branch)
Student-made artworks were among the auction items – as was this teacher/student (among others) collaboration:

The card with the puppet theater explained that the Team Lake Union kindergarteners of Nancy Carney and Charlene Higuchi worked on designs and sock puppets for the theater, which was built by Carney’s husband. Congratulations to everybody at Gatewood, including auction chair Ava Barnes and the numerous volunteers it takes to put on this kind of event. (Got a fundraiser coming up at YOUR school? Please let us know!)


  1. Thanks for coming, WSB! Hoping we raised lots of money. Drunk bidding for all!

    Comment by Steph — 1:22 pm March 9, 2013 #

  2. Lafayette’s fundraiser auction is tonight @ the Hall at Fauntleroy! http://lafayette.schoolauction.net/auction2013

    Comment by Carrie Ann — 3:34 pm March 9, 2013 #

  3. Thanks!

    Comment by WSB — 3:52 pm March 9, 2013 #

  4. Thank you for your coverage of our school event!

    Comment by WS Mama — 4:43 pm March 9, 2013 #

  5. Great job as always, Gatewood!

    Comment by Heidi A — 9:34 am March 10, 2013 #

  6. What a great time! Thank you to all who helped make it happen!!!

    Comment by Apey — 10:37 am March 10, 2013 #

  7. Fun to see everyone out supporting their school communities!

    The Pathfinder auction is the 16th at the Brockey Center. Lot’s of event information is available from the Pathfinder home page.

    Comment by rudy — 10:42 pm March 10, 2013 #

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