For its second time ever, Byron High School design art students have donated chairs they have decorated to a silent auction that raises money for the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester. As one of the projects for the high school design art class, the students are to purchase or bring in a chair from home to decorate with a creative theme in any way they like.
The students, who range from sophomores to seniors, are put into groups of two or three and are given two weeks to complete their chairs. Some are fully painted, while others have fabrics and props glued to the chair. When the chairs are finished, the groups then have the option of keeping the chairs or donating them to the silent auction. This year, seven chairs are being donated for the auction.
Art teacher Lindsey Boettcher says the first year, the students donated to the auction, Byron raised $700. Although they are short on chair quantity, she says they still hope to reach a goal near last year's donations.
The students had to fill out an informational sheet on their chairs, including the materials and the process they used to design the chair. One chair designed by senior Stephanie Leif and sophomore Emily Majewski was covered completely in glitter with a black painted seat. Another chair was decorated with fabric materials by sophomores Emily Bronk and Jessie Bahr. The chairs that have not been sent to the auction now sit in the Byron High School library for display and the dinner and silent auction are to be held on the Feb. 23 at the Rochester International Event Center.