Waldorf School’s online auction continues for fourth year

Devon Govett, Photo by Jonas Powell

Devon Govett, Photo by Jonas Powell

The Lake Champlain Waldorf High School empowers its students to discover their deepest passions and find ways to bring their ideas to fruition. When a 10th grade student, Devon Govett of Charlotte, approached the development office with an offer to build an online auction software program, the whole school rallied behind him. He created a superb platform and received a Hometown Hero Award from United Way for his work.
Four years later, Govett (who is now a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) continues to volunteer to host, manage, and support “BidSprout,” the auction he created. “Devon is an amazing young man, also a gifted violist, who is already being hired by software and tech companies,” says Development Director Lisa Espenshade. “We get calls all the time from other nonprofits who want to find out where we got this auction program. I am always proud to tell them it was built by one of our high school students.”
The auction is part of the Lake Champlain Waldorf School’s annual Spring Benefit, held at Shelburne Farms. The May 18 Gala, which sold out a week ago, features a superb choral performance by the 5th through 12th grade and adult community chorus, and a silent and a live auction. The exciting element about the online auction is that it is open to everyone, and they don’t have to be present to win.
The online auction features over 280 fun and fabulous items donated by area businesses, friends, and families at the school. Items range from a Budnitz Bicycle to handmade bark fairy houses, to a weekend in Montreal. Since the auction software was designed for the school as a gift, every dollar raised goes directly to the school instead of to a third-party auction hosting site. About half of the items will close at the Gala on Saturday, but absentee bids will be accepted from those who place their maximum bids online. The remainder of the items will continue online and close on May 23. Visit the LCWS Auction today at www.auction.lcwaldorf.org.

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