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By Brendan Relaford
For The Sentinel 

Allyn's raffle benefits GHS program



SHED FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Allyn's Building Center raffled off this garden shed to support Goldendale High School's STEM program.

On Sunday, May 5, Allyn's Building Center held a raffle at the Home, Garden and Sportsman Show to raise money for the robotics program at Goldendale High School (GHS).

The raffle item was an 8' x 10' garden shed much like one that might be on display in a big box hardware parking lot. Raffle tickets were $10, and a total of $1,600 was raised for the GHS's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program. The money went to robotics director Matt Merfeld to use for any aspect of the robotics program he chooses. Since the robotics team participates in several regional and national tournaments, travel expenses can be considerable. "We plan to use this money to alleviate some of those expenses for our students next year," Merfeld says, "as well as some of the registration fees for events throughout the year."

The shed was constructed by the Allyn's construction crew, who donated their time to the project. Allyn's provided all the materials except the siding, which was donated by Goldendale resident Bob Hutton. For the second time in two years, Lorrin Lisman walked away with the prize. Jim Allyn said that if the shed were for sale, it would retail at around $3,500.

"Allyn's Building Center has been very generous," Merfeld says, "and has made many donations to the Goldendale chapter of TSA (Technology Student Association) for many years. We greatly appreciate their support."


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