Auction to raise money for mini-school bus |

Auction to raise money for mini-school bus

Proposed legislation would force development center to sell passenger van

— What do you tell your children when they start asking uncomfortable questions like “Where do babies come from?”

Once her oldest son had mastered tying his shoes and using the potty, he started to wonder about the larger mysteries of life, and his mother, Lori Arce, had no idea how to respond.

But fortunately, she had a resource.

Both Arce’s children attended the Discovery Learning Center during preschool and all she had to do was call the school.

“The teacher did a little research and told me to keep it short and simple,” Arce said. “I can’t say enough good things about the school and how helpful they have always been.”

The Discovery Learning Center works to prepare children for elementary school — both socially and by teaching them to read and write.

The preschool operates under a nonprofit umbrella known as the Family Development Center, designed to provide parents with support during the early years of their child’s life.

The umbrella includes the preschool, the Child Care Network and the Newborn Network.

Recently, the Family Development Center received word of upcoming legislation that would outlaw transporting preschoolers in 15-passenger vans because of the vehicles’ tendency to roll in accidents, FDC board member Jen Travis said. Unfortunately, the only vehicle the FDC owns is a 15-passenger van.

In proactive response to the proposed legislation, FDC is holding an art auction fund-raiser tonight, much like the one it held last year.

The auction is arranged by a fund-raising entity called State of the Art, which travels the country selling prints of popular art to the highest bidders.

Last year, FDC raised $5,000 and increased its goal this year to $7,000. The evening will be accented with champagne and chocolate desserts made by parents of Discovery Learning Center preschool students. The event is semi-formal.

Based on what types of art sold last year, FDC requested a greater emphasis on Western art, landscape and watercolors, Travis said. The work is framed, behind glass and ready to hang.

“We had several abstract pieces last year, but they just weren’t that popular,” she said.

The FDC hopes to purchase a $47,000 mini-school bus with the proceeds, Executive Director Tami Havener said. Money from tonight’s fund-raiser will be supplemented by the sale of the center’s current van. The school will finance the rest.

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