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Setting a new benchmark for education

Wheat Ridge student bench projects raise more than $1,000

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The Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Student Garden Bench Auction raised more than $1,000 for local schools. Eleven schools in Wheat Ridge submitted benches to the auction that were painted by their students. The highest bid of $400 went to Everitt Middle School for its bench that featured Denver’s skyline against a mountain backdrop.

The auction is the result of a community partnership between the City of Wheat Ridge, the Wheat Ridge Education Alliance (WREA), Jefferson County Schools, the Colorado Construction Institute, Wheat Ridge High School, and 15 other area schools. 

All of the benches were built by Wheat Ridge High School students using donated lumber. The Colorado Construction Institute provided instruction and support to the students as part of a larger effort to equip Jeffco students with real-world skills. Money raised through the auction will benefit each participating school’s art department.

“The auction gives our students the opportunity to showcase their art and craftsmanship, and offers the community a great way to support our local schools,” said Genevieve Wooden, Wheat Ridge Education Alliance chair.

This is the second year that the WREA has joined forces with local schools, the Colorado Construction Institute, and the Carnation Festival to highlight student-constructed projects. Last year, students built and decorated picnic tables to raise funds at the festival auction.

Established in April of 2014, the mission of the WREA is to advance educational excellence in Wheat Ridge schools by working together with city officials, community members, business owners, and educators.

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