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Fourth-grade students take part in live auction

Students in William Knutson’s fourth-grade class took part in a live auction with auctioneer and volunteer Phil Nelson on Thursday, June 5, at Hillside Elementary. (Photo by Jordan Willi)

On Thursday, June 5, fourth-grade students at Hillside Elementary participated in a live mini-auction, called the Nelson Buck Auction, to help teach the students about money and how to spend it wisely.

“I suggested the idea for an auction about six years ago when I started working with Bill (Knutson) in his classroom,” said volunteer and auctioneer Phil Nelson. “Taking part in an auction like this shows kids how to spend money and also gives them the experience of only having so much money to spend, which means they have to spend it wisely. They even put my face on the money they give the kids to bid on the items. Even though they are just fourthgraders, the kids do a pretty good job of staying quiet and following the rules.”

To help fill out the list of items up for auction, each fourth-grade student was asked to bring in a gently used item to be auctioned off, which could be anything from a stuffed animal to sport balls or even nail polish.

“All the kids get pretty excited about this event every year,” Nelson said. “It’s gotten to be so popular that the third-graders will come up to Mr. Knutson and ask him if they will be doing the auctions again next year when they are fourthgraders.”

Each of the four fourthgrade classes at Hillside, including Mrs. Ballard, Mr. Hop, Mrs. Kleiner and Mr. Knutson’s classes, took part in a separate Nelson Buck Auction this year, which is the first time Nelson has done four auctions in one day.

“I think I enjoy the auctions even more than the kids do,” Nelson said. “I do auctions like this for other places too, like the Deerfield and other groups around town, but I really enjoy being with the kids and seeing them learn new things.”

According to Nelson, one of the hottest items this year was a baseball card, which was sold for $500 Nelson Bucks.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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