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Most years, as one part of the St. John’s School Annual Auction, a special school enhancement is chosen to benefit from the Make A Difference spotlight. In 2023, a lofty goal was set to raise enough money for a new state-of-the-art security system that included electronic key fobs at all entrances as well as updated outdoor security cameras and video screens.

A generous donation from Courage Martial Arts accompanied family and business donations, helping to make this goal a reality. Courage Martial Arts is a woman-owned business in Green Bay that encourages the disciplines of respect, courage and focus by teaching the techniques and mechanics of karate, while focusing on responsibility and learning how to protect oneself with awareness, thinking and words before fists. Because of this generosity, St. John’s was able to purchase and install the new system which was completed and fully operational by the start of the 2023-24 school year.

“While we never want to think about a security threat at our school,” says Principal Dana Vance, “it is imperative that we are fully prepared and able to secure the building in the event of an emergency. This new security system allows us to control entrances remotely, alert local law enforcement quickly, as well as clearly hear and see all arriving visitors. In addition, as a vibrant school and parish with so many after-hours activities, this new system also allows us to securely grant access to specific sections of the building for outside groups as needed. We are so grateful to Courage Martial Arts as well as to all of our family and business supporters who made this enhancement possible.”

Over the years, the St. John’s Annual Auction has not only raised funds for a wide array of school enhancements, it has also been a wildly entertaining event, drawing in hundreds of community attendees for over 20 years. Whether held in the school gym, as in years past, or now at Rock Garden, the spaces have been elaborately transformed into that year’s theme, with hundreds of items up for bid – truly something for everyone – offering raffles, mystery grab bags, DJ entertainment, a laughter-filled live auction and new surprises each year.

This year’s theme will take you back in time as you Rewind to the 90’s. Dress up in your favorite 90’s fashion, though not required, and join us on Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at Rock Garden Banquet & Convention Center located at 1951 Bond Street in Howard. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Visit St. John’s is so grateful to be a part of such a supportive and generous community. All proceeds benefit St. John the Baptist School, a 501c3 organization.

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