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Ossining MATTERS raises cash by 'selling' educators
Amy Seiden was outbid online Wednesday by a 13-year-old in Ossining who really wants to win that shoe-shopping trip with teachers Sarah Arbitrio and Linda Whitney.
And with just three days to go, the leading bid to be assistant princpal for a day at Roosevelt Elementary School is up to $50.
The Ossining MATTERS fundraiser, which antes up cash for extracurricular programs and equipment, is looking like it will roar to $100,000 in proceeds by Sunday, with more than $10,000 coming from the district's creative "teacher features," in which students and parents can bid online for lunch, bowling or lessons with a favorite educator.
"Each year, it just builds," said Seiden, a director of Ossining MATTERS, the foundation that runs the fundraiser. "For some teachers, the bidding becomes so competitive. Some people are determined."
Seiden said the group has been doing the auction for four years, but this year's auction and live event are proving to be record-breaking. She wants to get the word out to other schools, which are increasingly relying on foundations to support clubs and other programs.
Aside from the teacher features, there are also items and gift certificates for everything from sushi to pilates.
Check out the other auction items at the online auction. Bidding ends at 11 p.m. Sunday.