December 9, 2019



The staff and students at Otto Shortell Middle School would like to thank all of the parents, community members, and businesses that helped make our third basket bonanza and auction on December 5th a huge success.


Our school’s wonderful Shared Decision Making Team worked diligently to organize and orchestrate this ambitious event. Generous community members – parents, area businesses, teachers, and Oneida residents – donated baskets and gift cards that had an estimated value of approximately $7000. For a fourth year in a row, Willard Lewis donated his time and skill as an auctioneer to conduct the auction of almost 75 items, entertaining a crowd of almost 80 people with 65 participants bidding. Many people had fun viewing the baskets, enjoying the free refreshments, and watching the excitement of the auction while being entertained by some 6th, 7th and 8th grade band members led by Mrs. Hawthorne.


On behalf of all of the staff and students at Otto Shortell Middle School, thank you to the entire community who made this night a success. It is truly a blessing to live and work in such a generous and thoughtful city.



Todd Widrick

Principal, Otto Shortell Middle School. 




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