Auction donations sought to support literacy

BLUE HILL Rosanna’s Readers, a new Blue Hill Fair vendor, will be holding a chance auction and 50/50 raffle at the 2022 Blue Hill Fair, which runs from Sept. 1-5, and is looking for donations of additional auction items through Aug. 18.

Rosanna’s Readers will have a booth below the pulling grandstand and will be holding a 50/50 raffle and chance auction during all five days of the fair. All proceeds for the fundraiser will be used to give birthday books to children at local schools in memory of Rosanna (Sherman) McFarland. 

“We are excited to be a part of the Blue Hill Fair this year and to give our community an opportunity to learn more about Rosanna’s Readers,” said Laura Sherman of Rosanna’s Readers’ board of directors. “Our hope with this fundraiser is to expand the Rosanna’s Readers program to more schools on the Blue Hill Peninsula.”

“At this time, we have a variety of auction items including gift certificates from local businesses, several hand-crafted items, a framed Lee Clark Allen watercolor print, a beautiful wooden dollhouse and so much more,” Sherman said. There will also be a free daily drawing for children to win a signed book by a local author. For those who would like to learn more about the non-profit organization, members of the Sherman and McFarland family will be at the booth to talk about the work they are doing.

Additional auction items will be accepted until Aug. 18. If you are interested in donating an item to the auction, contact Sherman at 479-2138 or [email protected].

Rosanna’s Readers is a nonprofit organization started in 2020 to honor the legacy of Surry Elementary School Title I/Reading Recovery specialist Rosanna (Sherman) McFarland, who died of breast cancer in February 2020. The organization gives birthday books to students at three elementary schools on the Blue Hill Peninsula (Surry Elementary School, where McFarland taught at the time of her death, Brooksville Elementary School, where McFarland began her teaching career in 2006, and the Brooklin School, where McFarland was a student herself).

McFarland asked her family to carry out her wish to expand the Raising Readers program to the elementary schools in the area after she was told her illness was terminal.

To learn more about Rosanna’s Readers, visit Donations may be sent to Rosanna’s Readers, c/o Roxanne Sherman, 48 Pooduck Road, Brooklin, ME 04616.


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