Knappa - The Knappa Schools Foundation raised more money and had more attendees than previous years at the Shamrock dinner and auction Saturday.

Some 331 people attended to help raise $24,135, which will go toward scholarships and equipment for Knappa students.

"We were really surprised economic conditions being as they are ... that was more than we ever served before," foundation board member Eileen Cheuvront said.

The foundation provides scholarships for Knappa students and funding for programs and materials Knappa schools.

Auction items included an inaugural ride on the Lewis and Clark train, a 300-magnum Browning gun, a gift certificate to be used toward braces, a stay at the Elliott Hotel's presidential suite, fishing rods, duck decoys, quilts by students and teachers, dishware decorated by students, among numerous others.

"We really appreciate the community support in these donations," Cheuvront said.

The Knappa Schools Foundation is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1997 when the Knappa School District separated from Clatskanie schools.

Teachers request grants from the foundation. In the past, it has supplied a projector, science equipment, world globes, band uniforms, among many other supplies. Each year, the foundation awards three $500 scholarship to Knappa students.

Through donations and fund-raising efforts, the foundation has accumulated more than $100,000. Since 1998, the foundation has awarded 23 scholarships to graduating Knappa students totaling nearly $15,000. In addition, the foundation has provided more than $10,000 in funding for equipment and programs for the Knappa schools.

In addition to Cheuvront, foundation's volunteer board of directors includes Steve Allen, Michael Autio, Mardelle Cokley, Michael Foster, Ed Johnson, Constance Rathfon, Shawn Teevin and Sara (Rohne) Tufts. The foundation's mission is "to provide resources to enhance education and encourage individual success for the students of Knappa Schools."

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