Silas students to auction art

From the Register-Mail:

Some 75 “priceless” art works will be auctioned off  Friday in a Knox College fraternity’s fundraising event for the third-graders at Silas Willard Grade School in Galesburg.

The paintings, made by third-grade students at Silas Willard, will be displayed and sold in a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday in the Lincoln Room, Seymour Union. The auction and display are free and open to the public.

The grade school students have made the paintings with the help of more than 20 members of the Knox College chapter of Sigma Chi. The Knox students have been volunteering in the four third-grade classrooms at Silas Willard since the start of the school year.

“We call our program ‘Put Galesburg Schools Back on the Map,’ because we plan to use the money from the auction to buy maps and atlases for each of the third grade classrooms at Silas Willard,” said Sigma Chi member John Eisemann, a junior from Portland, Ore., and coordinator of the year-long outreach.

“During our visits to the school, we found that the pull-down maps in the classrooms were outdated,” Eisemann said. The goal is to raise $1,200, to provide each classroom with a new full-size, pull-down world map and a current edition of the “Oxford Atlas of the World.”