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Falls City Elementary School fifth-and sixth-grade teacher Roxi Barnhart, right, takes bids on a can of Tootsie Rolls during Thursday's class auction as her students try to use their "Mountaineer Bucks" to outbid each other for it.
December 23, 2013
FALLS CITY — The bidding was fierce. Coveted items had multiple bidders competing for them.
At one point during a mini-bidding war, one of the "high rollers" said to her competition: "I could do this all day."
She was kidding — but she won anyway.
The sought after prize? One in a collection of candy, toys and gag gifts stashed under fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Roxi Barnhart's desk.
So no, this was not Christie's, or even "Storage Wars," but Falls City's auction and raffle was all for a good cause: being on your best behavior.
Since the beginning of the school year, students at Falls City Elementary School have been earning "Mountaineer Bucks" for being kind to others, helping another student or teacher, or being polite in class.
On Dec. 18, the students were able to spend their money on prizes in an auction.
A first-time auctioneer — she used a plastic spoon as a gavel — Barnhart said the new program has had a great start.
Even while competing for prizes, her students continued to be considerate of their classmates during the auction.
"They are really kind," she said. "Some of my high achieving students were bidding on items and gave them to other kids who were being overbid.
"They are like that all the time," she added. "It's pretty amazing."
Sixth-grader Dylan Hendrickson was one of those generous bidders, buying two prizes for classmates. He said he enjoyed the auction and liked the idea that students are recognized for good behavior.
Falls City seventh-grader Dylan Morgan, left, won a new bike at an awards assembly Dec. 18 led by Falls City Superintendent Jack Thompson, right.
"I thought that was really awesome," he said.
Fifth-grader Thomas Allen Lorensen was one of the students Dylan gave a prize to — a miniature pool table. He could only "afford" one prize.
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"If it weren't for Dylan, I would only have that one snake and I would be so sad," he said.
He paid it forward, giving the rest of his money away to another student.
"It felt good to give away that last dollar," he said.
Falls City Superintendent Jack Thompson was behind the idea, which will be done each trimester until the end of the year.
"I have done this for years and years, and it's always been hugely successful," Thompson said.
But he didn't stop there. Thompson gave away the grand prize, a bike he bought for the event, using the reward money as raffle tickets.
The lucky winner was seventh-grader Dylan Morgan, who was all smiles as he claimed his prize.
"Thank you for the bike, Mr. Thompson," Morgan said.