The Alton Schools Foundation is working to meet phase two of the Cooper Challenge Fund of raising $20,000 by Dec. 31, 2010. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, through the Cooper Challenge Fund, will match the total raised, up to the goal of $20,000 by 50 percent.
Allen Nuwer, a 1953 graduate of the Alton Schools, creates these beautiful works of art during the winter months. "He's always been a farmer and he doesn't want to just twiddle his thumbs in the winter, so he does these," said Wylma Heiskell. "He won't sell them, but he donated this to the Foundation so we could have it in our silent auction. It's just unbelievable how meticulous he is when he makes these. If you look, he even has glass in the little windows."
Bidding on the piece will begin Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Black Gold Walnut Festival on the square in Alton. Bidding will remain open until early November, when the Foundation will host a "Trivia Night" fundraiser at the Alton Schools and the high bidder will be announced. Following the festival, the artwork will be on display for viewing at the Alton Library and bidders may phone in their bids to Heiskell or get additional information by calling 417-778-6450.
"We're hoping to use it to grant some scholarships," said Heiskell. "That's one of the biggest needs we have right now. There is a tremendous need for scholarships for students to go to trade schools and vocational schools."