The plentiful donations allowed the academy to have nine raffle prizes and 13 gift baskets for the silent auction.
Steve Strader, who was accompanied by his 3-year-old grandson Braxton Butler, signed up for some of the gift baskets in the silent auction, including one that caught his eye.
“I saw ‘golf’ in there, so I had to bid on it,” he said. “There’s a Danville YMCA package in the basket too, so I know that’s probably something there I would like.”
He also spied some coupons for cheeseburgers in the basket.
“Golf and cheeseburgers, yay!” he said.
Also inside the school, a variety of carnival-style food was served, including pizza, hot dogs, chips, popcorn, cotton candy, soda pop and water.
Outside, students enjoyed dunking their teachers and fellow students in the dunk tank, and members of the student advisory board offered face painting.
Mi Joi Bouin carefully applied paint with a makeup applicator to one little boy’s face.
“I did, like five,” she said of the number of faces she painted, adding that the heart with an arrow was her favorite design to paint.
The cakewalk was a popular attraction with students and parents alike. Students could earn volunteer service credits for contributing store-bought baked goods for the cakewalk.
Nine-year-old Caleb Kelly was all smiles after winning a cakewalk and picking out a lemon-lime crème cake to take home.
Penny Acree said she let her son, Troy Driver, 11, pick out the cream cheese iced brownies after he won a cakewalk, too.
This year’s event was to feature two bounce houses, but an hour into the affair, the bounce houses had to been taken down because it was too windy, Miethe said.
The purpose of the open house and shopping extravaganza was to raise money for the academy to be used for items the school needs and for the activity fund so students can go on field trips.
Part of the money also was earmarked to go toward purchasing a poster-making machine. Some of the academy’s students have shown an interest in that trade, and if the school had a poster-making machine, the students could make posters for all of the schools in the district and sell them to them to raise more money for the academy.