Bay Community School raised $2,500 with their fourth annual student art sale.

Dozens of patrons of education and the arts gathered on May 31 to support Apalachicola’s littlest students and share some fun.

Bay School Director Tonya King said 95 pieces of art created by the kindergarten and preschool classes were sold. A group project entitled “You Are My Sunshine,” netted the highest bid, $40.

This year, dinner was provided by Tamara’s Café Floridita.

King said this was the first year the event had private sponsors. “The sponsors were a huge, huge help this year,” she said. “They pretty much paid to put it on. We made the most money ever because of their help.”

The art auction was the brainchild of Marissa Getter whose children attended the Bay School.

King, who has worked at the school since 2004, will be leaving next week to become a stay-at-home mom. She will be replaced by Ashley Allen of Apalachicola who holds an associate’s degree in child development from Gulf Coast State College. Allen, a Franklin County native, teaches the toddler class and has worked at the school since 2007.

King and Allen wished to thank Tamara’s Café, Cathy and Michael Bailey, Artemis Gallery, Charlie and Carrie Kienzle, Charming Comforts, Erin Rodriguez Construction, June Dosik, Paulette Moss, Jim and Susan Bachrach, Piggly Wiggly, Bayside Weddings and Events, House of Tartts and Water Street Seafood for their help in staging this year’s student art auction.  - By Lois Swoboda