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Busy weekend pays off for Save Our Teachers campaign

Video by Cameron Snow, BITV

Schools took center stage in Winslow, Friday and Saturday, with a steady march of "Save Our Teachers" fundraisers.

On Friday, a benefit car wash and dance raised $2,000, while donations began piling up at Wilkes Elementary School for the Saturday rummage sale.

On Saturday morning, a crowd of parents, children and educators met at the High School Road roundabout for a march down Madison Avenue. A rally followed at Waterfront Park.

Meanwhile, Wilkes hosted an all-day rummage sale. Used items filled the floor of the school's covered basketball courts and stretched down walkways to the front entrance.

The sale raised $22,000, according to organizers.

Proceeds from all the events are being collected by the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, a non-profit group that has organized the Save Our Teachers campaign. Money from the campaign will be used exclusively to support staff retention at Bainbridge Island public schools.

According to BSF Executive Director Vicky Marsing, $35,000 was raised between June 12 and June 15, bringing the foundation's total for donations and pledges to $280,000.

Donations will be collected through June 30. See www.bainbridgeschoolsfoundation.org for more information.

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