McClure Lure: ars gratia artis ... and a few bucks, too

McClure Middle School's annual school arts celebration is just around the corner - May 17 - and the community is invited.

Each year students, staff and McClure families put together a showcase of student art: literary, performance and visual. In addition, the event will include fundraising for the school's arts and literature programs.

First element of this year's Lure is a Bucks for Books campaign to raise $10,000 for the McClure library. Also featured will be a book fair and a good ol'-fashioned cakewalk.

Core for the Lure is the art and talent show during the evening event. Guests will be entertained by the Lure's Poetry Slam and annual Talent Show complete with performances by McClure's Advanced Band, gymnasts, singers, dancers, rock bands and pieces from the school's spring musical, "Pom Pom Zombies." (The musical will be presented Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at Whitman Middle School auditorium.)

Student art and class projects will be on display, including work by Seattle School District Naramore Art Portfolio middle school winners Natalie Spitters (Second Place Overall) and Kristina Petrosyan (Honorable Mention).

No event is complete without food. The Lure's food court is to be sponsored by Vincenzo's Gourmet Pizza and Pasta and Jamba Juice, with a bake sale hosted by McClure's Band Boosters. For a small price, pizza, salad and a dessert can be purchased.

McClure's Library is in fundraising mode to better serve all students at the school. For the Lure's Scholastic Book Fair, anyone may contribute to the Bucks for Books campaign; any donation amount is appreciated. The campaign raises money for specific library collection books and for refurbishing of the library space. Donations, accepted through June 15, may be sent to McClure Middle School, attn: Bucks for Books, 1915 First Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119.

The Lure, sponsored by McClure's PTSA, takes place Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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