NASHUA — Silken and shimmering gowns, elegant hairstyles and corsages. Sharp-creased tuxedos, cumber buns and bow ties. After the Nashua-Plainfield prom goers walk the path adorned to complement their glamor, stopping for photographs at a specially crafted pergola, the auction begins.
To help fund future construction projects in the school’s Tech Program, a cedar pergola that was hand-crafted by junior class students will be auctioned off at the end of the Grand March, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29.
The pergola is about 8 feet square and the winning bidder must pick it up by Sunday, April 30.
“It will be part of the decorations,” Leslie Bonzer, the prom advisor and an associate at the school, said. “Some of the junior boys made it in class for us and so we are going to use it and then that evening Dawson Schmitt will auction it off.”
Schmitt’s grandfather, Bob, owns and operates Schmitt Auction and Implement. His father, Brad, has also been involved with the auction business part-time.
This is the first time Nashua-Plainfield has tried a fundraiser such as this, Bonzer said. It grew from a student discussion about how it would be neat to have a pergola at the grand march.
“We didn’t really want to have to store the pergola,” Bonzer said.
She brought up the idea to industrial tech teacher Mike Murch, who said it was something his students definitely could do, she said.
Bonzer provided him with some designs and the tech students made it happen.
The pergola is taller than average so the buyer can customize it to their needs. The posts could be sunk into the ground cut shorter for placement on a patio.
In supplies alone, $500 has gone into the construction of the pergola.
“I would put the value at $1,000,” Jeff Otto, professional florist and owner of Otto’s Oasis in Charles City, said. “Looks very nice!”
The Grand March itself will also serve as a fundraiser for the school’s chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). A $1 admission charge will go toward the nonprofit national career and technical student organization.
The theme of the prom is “Once Upon a Starry Night.”
- Nashua-Plainfield Prom: Grand March at 6 p.m. (NPHS Gym), doors open at 5:15 p.m. $1 admission proceeds to FCCLA. Dance 7-11 p.m. (NPHS Gym). After Prom (at The W in Waverly) Buses load at 11:30 p.m. return at 3:30 a.m.