This Live Item is out of this world!

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Enjoy a unique experience for four at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, approximately 45 minutes east of Orlando. With so much to do, you may want to spread out your visit over two days!

More interactive than a museum, more inspirational than a science center, and more authentic and educational than a theme park, the Kennedy Space Center offers a mix of thrilling simulators, breathtaking attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive exhibits, larger-than-life-3D space films, rocket launch viewing opportunities and more. With so much to do, you may want to spread out your visit over two days!

Your adventure includes:

  1. Astronaut Training Experience for four
  2. Kennedy Space Center close-up tour for four
  3. Lunch with an Astronaut
  4. Kennedy Space Center admission for four
  5. Three nights stay in one standard guest room at Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn, or comparable
  6. Kennedy Space Center Book by David West Reynolds

Grab tickets to the hottest show on the stage!

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Get ready to bid! Tickets for “Hamilton” are in such demand that people were going as far as to camp overnight for standby tickets. Luckily you won’t need your tent, just a pen to check off your bucket list as you’ll not only get the hottest tickets in town, but dinner with two cast members and an in-theater meet and greet as well!

Your package includes:

  1. Two tickets to Hamilton Broadway
  2. Pre-show dinner with select cast members
  3. Private meet and greet with select cast members
  4. Signed cast poster

An Indiana Jones Adventure awaits!

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Fossil Dig Adventure for four 

Get ready to bid on this Live Auction item! Ever dreamed of your own Indiana Jones adventure? With this experience, you and three guests get the adventure of a lifetime on your very own private fossil dig led by Matt Heaton, owner of FossilEra. To prepare for your trip, you’ll also enjoy a private tour of the FossilEra warehouse in Bothell – a 5,000 square foot space home to an amazing collection of fossils – many of which most people have never seen outside of a museum. Leave the tour with a new understanding of the history of our planet, as well as some fossils to take home. Complete your trip with $500 towards stay or airfare.

On Auction night – you’ll also take home a real Megalodon tooth and Megalodon info graphic poster!

For the fossil dig expedition, you’ll will work with Matt to select one of the following dig locations on a mutually agreeable date:

  1. Collecting fossil trilobites in Utah (optimal times April/May and September/October)
  2. Collecting fossil fish in Wyoming (optimal times June through August)
  3. Visiting and collecting dinosaur fossils in the Morrison Formation of Colorado (April through June)
  4. Visiting and collecting dinosaur fossils in the Hell Creek Formation of North Dakota (June through September)

* FossilEra provides and Authenticity Guarantee on their specimens and only sells fossil material that is legally collected and can legally be sold. 

Thank you, Matt Heaton and FossilEra, Naomi & Rob Dent, Francine Strickwerda & Tracy Dethlefs

Value: Priceless

11 Days to go….countdown to 35 Years: A Community Celebration & Auction. First up: Mexico!

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One Week in a Mexico Beachfront Villa 

Get ready to bid! This modern beachfront villa boasts a large, private pool located on Playa Los Cocos, Aticama, on the Pacific coast of Mexico – two hours north of Puerto Vallarta, 80 minutes from Sayulita and 15 minutes south of San Blas, Nayarit. It’s also an easy three hour drive from both Guadalajara and Mazatlan.

The house can comfortably sleep two small families or three couples. The house was designed by a talented Tepic architect in the spirit of Mexican architect Luis Barragán.

Here you will experience Mexico at the northern part of Mexico’s popular tourist destination Riviera Nayarit. It’s a beautiful place to surf on unspoiled beaches, go bird watching on a jungle tour, and taste some of Mexico’s freshest seafood dishes. You can also practice your Spanish with the friendly people in the nearby Pueblos of Aticama and San Blas.

The house manager will check you in and out, and is available by phone or text if needs or questions arise. A cook is available to cook for a modest extra charge.

Thank you Robin & Alex Ginn!

“When I’m in high school…I’ll look back on a school I’m proud of”

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.

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I began my journey at Westside School nine years ago, and I know it doesn’t matter how long you have been at a school; someone could have been at a school for one year, and that one year could have been the most amazing year of his or her life. To me, being in the same place for so long is something special. You get to know your classmates well, the teachers, and you get to experience a school that will grow along with you. Once I leave, I will know that I will be remembered throughout these halls. I will have left my mark, because Westside has shaped me into someone I can be proud to be. So when I visit next year, when I’m in high school, I can look back on an amazing school that I feel proud of.

Shared by Sydney, Class of 2017

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Eighth grade students Kate and Sophia reflect on their experiences as part of 35th Celebration

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.

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A favorite part of my Westside School experience has been being able to go on the annual fall and spring Outdoor Education trips.  Although, in the moment, I thought the fifth and sixth grade trips were not fun, I look back on all the memories and friendships I made on those trips. In seventh and eighth grade, I began to appreciate the trips more than I did when I was younger. I began to realize how grateful I am to be able to go to a school that gives students like me the opportunity to go on these trips.

Shared by Kate, Class of 2017

I have been at Westside School for nine years. During that time we have changed buildings twice, just as frequently as I have learned from my mistakes. During that time I have developed a lasting relationship with my planner, just as I have with countless classmates. Over the years a number of lessons have been taught to me by many amazing teachers, who were just as influential to me as the leaders that have been here while I have. During these past nine years I have gained essential and extremely beneficial life skills that will take me through high school. Thank you, Westside School, you have made me a much more grateful, articulate, and (typically) understanding person.

Shared by Sophia, Class of 2017

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Kai C. and Nikhil reflect on growth, friendships, and what’s next

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.

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My journey at Westside School began when I was five. I started in Marsha’s kindergarten class, where I was pretty shy and quiet. Over the next few years, Westside helped me grow as a learner, through teaching me how to interact and how to learn. Throughout the years, Westside School has continued to help me learn and grow.

Shared by Kai C., Class of 2017

When I came to Westside School in the third grade, it obviously took some time to find my group. I tried out different cliques, different people, and finally found my people in fifth grade. Since I had come to Westside, some of my close friends had followed me. In fifth grade, when the last one came, I started to form a group. I made friends with awesome acquaintances. I got to know someone new. I even made peace with my sworn enemy from last year. We formed a group, bonding over passing interests like Minecraft and comics and the like. In sixth grade, we got our last and final entry into the group, a returning friend. Since then, our group has remained together. It’s going to be hard not hanging out with them as much, but I don’t think heading to high school will end this completely. I think what we’ve built here will survive.

Shared by Nikhil, Class of 2017

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