last year’s "Dress Me Up" event more than $6,300 was raised in less
than an hour. Thanks to IKEA generously matching proceeds from the
auction and sale of student-decorated dressers and framed art, the 18
participating Lakota schools received funds to benefit their arts
And this year's event, which will be held Tuesday, April 26 from 6-7 p.m. at IKEA, should boost art programming for students.
From purchasing a drying rack or art reading material, the art teachers make good use of the funds.
to art teacher Amy Panfalone, “Proceeds from the IKEA 'Dress Me Up'
event benefit Ridge Junior School by helping to fund our art club each
year. The art club has roughly 50 members and the funds from the
auction supplement the participation fee, enabling us to provide club
t-shirts and materials. We even continue the cycle by purchasing paint
for the dressers each year.”
At Lakota West, art teacher
Stephanie Gauer uses the money in a different manner. “I’ve used these
funds to help students pay for the entry fees for some of the
competitions we participate in, which provides more experience for the
students. I’ve also purchased the banners on Main Street that
recognize our national Scholastic award winners. My hope is to fund a
field trip in the future.”
The opportunity to raise funds for
the arts programs is just one of the benefits of the event – the main
purpose being to showcase Lakota’s art program. According to Lauren
Boettcher, executive director of Media & Community Relations, “The
financial support for Lakota’s art program has been a welcomed
benefit to our partnership with IKEA. But what we appreciate most is
the opportunity to give our students a real-world application for
their artwork beyond the four walls of their art classrooms.”
adds, “Students have the opportunity to exhibit their creativity in
front of a much larger audience than their peers and teachers. That’s
the type of learning that gets students excited and motivated to give
their all toward something. For many of our students, art brings
balance to a rigorous academic schedule. It helps them build
self-confidence and express their creativity. For some, it’s even a
point of discovery for a future career path.”
This will be the
fourth year for “Dress Me Up,” and will take place at IKEA on Tuesday,
April 26 from 6-7 p.m. IKEA will once again match all contributions
up to $2,500 with all proceeds benefiting Lakota’s arts programs. The
public is welcome to attend and bid during the auction portion of the
evening. Only cash and checks will be accepted for payment.
for a sneak peek at this year’s art. Click here to view a flyer
on the "Dress Me Up" event.
finishing touches are done and the paint is drying, just in time for
this year's Dress Me Up, which will be held Tuesday, April 26. Here,
students at Endeavor Elementary (top) and Ridge Junior School (bottom)
complete their paintings, in preparation for the fundraiser that
showcases Lakota's art program.