More children may benefit from this year’s Jaycees/Rotary Auction.
The auction, which celebrated 55 years, raised more than $35,000 to clothe children in the Duncan area. Items are still being picked up and paid for, which will have a impact on the total money to be used for the cause.
“That’s $5,000 more than what is traditionally raised,” Haylee Root, auction chairwoman, said. “Once everyone picks up the remaining items, we’re hoping to have $1,000 or more.”
For every $100, clothing can be purchase for a child. While a minimal about of money will go toward operating expenses, Root said more children will be helped this year. In recent years, the organization has purchased clothes for about 300 children.
The Duncan Jaycees will help purchase children’s clothing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wal-Mart and Payless Shoes. The families who will participate in the clothes shopping will be notified in advance.
The auction, which has been an annual tradition for the Jaycees, received a boost this year from the Duncan Rotary Club. The Jaycees requested help from the club because a decline of membership and participation.
Root said a lack of volunteers didn’t seem to be a situation this year as Jaycees members, Rotary members, high school volunteers, Leadership Duncan members and various other individuals pitched in to help out.
“It was very good for both the volunteer side and the community side,” Root said. “None of us felt stretched too thin.”
She said communities generosity helped to make this a successful year.
From donating items to purchasing those items, Root said the community’s involvement in the auction shows how important the auction is to the community.
In the last night, the volunteers had 220 items remaining, which was more than any other night of the week. By midnight, every item sold.
By 11 a.m. Saturday, the majority of the items had been picked up and paid for.
Jay Head at First Bank and Trust Co. has the remaining items still needing to be picked up. Head can be contacted by calling the Main Street number, 580-255-1810.
Root said a lot of items sold for the actual retail price or greater.
“We had several generous cash donations,” Root said. “They probably attributed to why this year raised more money.”
More children may benefit from this year’s Jaycees/Rotary Auction.
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Duncan students set on inclement weather time
So far, Duncan students won’t have to make up any school days missed because of inclement weather.
For several years, the Duncan School District has based its calendar on an hourly schedule instead of a set number of days. This means the school district has to have 1,080 hours of instructional time, as opposed to make sure students are in class 175 days each school year.
“We go more than 1,080 hours,” Labyer said. “As long as we have 1,080 hours, the schools don’t have to make those days up.”
Duncan area Realtors honored at luncheon
Duncan Association of Realtors celebrated those who have made 2013 Christmas Luncheon, including a father and son duo.
Grant Perkins had the pleasure of passing the presidential gavel to his father Keith Perkins this year. Both men also received prestigious awards during the annual event Wednesday afternoon at First Christian Church.
Grant was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year. A Duncan native, Grant is the third generation of Perkins to work for Perkins Insurance and Realty.
Velma’s holiday activities rescheduled
When a winter storm blew in last week it caused several area events to be canceled and rescheduled, including Velma’s Christmas Parade.
After City of Velma officials met Tuesday, they decided to reschedule most of the town’s holiday activities. The Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 on Main Street, with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the east of town near the E&S Feed Store.
DMS to establish sixth-grade athletics program
In an effort to instill more school spirit in its sixth-graders, Duncan Middle School is working to establish a sixth-grade athletics program.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, Rodney Calhoun, Duncan Public Schools assistant superintendent, talked to board members about the program and the goals associated with sixth-grade athletics. Calhoun said the biggest expense schools accrue while establishing a sixth-grade program is the cost of equipment. He said the Duncan Middle School has plenty of excess equipment to be used for the sixth-grade program.
“Last week, Ponca City launched a sixth-grade program,” Calhoun said. “They spent $200,000 on equipment.”
Deadline Friday for Santa letters
The deadline for getting letters in Santa’s Mailbox, a partnership between the Jolly ‘ol Man and The Duncan Banner, is 5 p.m. Friday.
Saturday to offer plenty of holiday celebrations
If you are still recovering from cabin fever, Saturday is the perfect cure with several events to keep your family busy all day long.
Starting the day off right is Boy Scout Troop 4434’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Freshly made pancakes, bacon, sausage and refreshments are all part of what a ticket will get you at this tasty event.
City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
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