Montessori School hosts crawfish boil, live auction for new playground equipment

By Breanne Pittman 

Montessori School of Ruston made headway to its fundraising goals after opening its doors to the community recently for a crawfish boil and auction.

The fundraiser benefitted the Montessori School of Ruston’s tuition assistance program and a new playground. 

Interim Co-Director Katy Ganey shared her excitement of the success of the fundraiser as it was the school’s first crawfish boil and auction since 2019.

“It was wonderful to see our families together again as it was MSR’s first crawfish boil and auction since 2019,” Ganey said. 

After a spring storm in 2021, the school’s playground was left damaged and had to be removed, prompting the need for new equipment. 

“The new playground equipment will bring joy to children for years to come,” Ganey said. 

During the fundraiser, a silent and live auction was held including a variety of prizes and local business sponsorships from The Fashion, Goldie and Karl Malone Toyota. 

Fundraiser coordinator Anna Claire Pritchard expressed her excitement for the sponsorships and those who contributed to the auctions. 

“We held a silent auction throughout the event,” Pritchard said. “Items ranged from local artist’s creations to a three-night beach vacation.”

Approximately $5,000 was raised during the crawfish boil and auctions; however, the school is still working to meet its goal of $44,353.

“We are thankful to our generous sponsors and families but have not met the goal for our playground yet,” Ganey said. 

MSR will continue to take donations and sponsorships and plans to have another fundraising event in the future. 

“We have a long way to go to meet our goal so hopefully we will have another fundraiser in the coming months,” Pritchard said. 

For more information on how to make a donation or be a sponsor, call (318) 251-1590 or visit @rustonmontessori on Instagram. 

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