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Education Foundation hopes to keep funding for schools

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The Auburn Education Foundation is hoping to continue its goal of supporting local schools. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday the foundation is holding its annual fall dinner fundraiser, a western barbecue, at E.V. Cain Charter Middle School on Palm Avenue. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. They can be purchased at the door or any Auburn Union School District school. The organization was founded in the 1980s and raises money to award grants to schools in the Auburn Union School District, according to David Fenolio, past vice president of the organization. Fenolio said in the 2010-2011 year, the foundation granted more than $30,000 to district schools. Grants funded things like art and science curriculum, science kits, aeronautics kits, books on tape, books for English learners, whiteboards, dictionaries and more, Fenolio said. According to Fenolio, the foundation was in jeopardy at the end of last school year with no one to fill its president, treasurer and secretary positions. Then in June four local residents volunteered to fill the positions, saving the foundation. The new officers are President Julann Brown, Treasurer Woody Hoffman, Corresponding Secretary Coree Rountree and Recording Secretary Scott Clarkson. Thursday’s dinner will also include entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction, according to Fenolio. ~Staff report