Valley Christian School Will Hold Auction, Chicken Barbecue

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Photo by Francine Fulton
Valley Christian School, 200 Airport Road, Coatesville, will present its annual auction and chicken barbecue on Friday, March 26. Displaying some of the auction items are students (from left) Gina Lizzo, Daniel Zietz, Greg Hall and Lisa Jones.

By Francine Fulton

Valley Christian School (VCS), 200 Airport Road, Coatesville, will hold its annual benefit auction and chicken barbecue on Friday, March 26. The chicken barbecue dinner will be available from 1 to 7 p.m., while the live auction, featuring items donated by local businesses, will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

The barbecue will be prepared outdoors by volunteers from the school and Valley Baptist Church, and diners will be able to enjoy their meals in the school gymnasium. Takeouts will also be available.

"(The dinner will include) a whole leg of chicken, a baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, a beverage and a whoopie pie for dessert," said parent volunteer Terri Zietz, who is co-chairing the auction with pastor Mike Melone, school administrator.

She noted that the event will be held on one day this year to make it more convenient for local families to attend. In the past, the barbecue and auction preview was held on a Friday evening, and the auction followed on Saturday morning.

The live auction will feature a variety of items, including artwork by Richard Bollinger, household goods, homemade dog beds, outdoor furniture, a power drill and a tool set, as well as gift certificates to area theaters, golf courses and restaurants. Auction items also include a one-week vacation to Williamsburg and autographed photos from Philadelphia sports teams.

Also up for bid will be services donated by VCS families and faculty members. For example, one teacher has offered to completely paint one room in someone's home (with the homeowner providing the paint). Other services that are being offered include a manicure and baby-sitting. Since she enjoys cooking, Zietz is donating homemade soup once a month for five months this upcoming winter. Her soup specialties include cabbage soup, minestrone and crab corn chowder.

In addition, children from the school have created theme baskets for auction goers to bid on, including one called "Snack Attack" that features snacks, as well as a sports basket and one that contains baking items.

Committee members began gathering items last December by sending letters requesting donations to local businesses. The names of those who provided food and auction items will be listed in a program booklet available at the event.

"We appreciate that local businesses support Christian education," Zietz said, noting that the entire community is invited to attend the event, not just those who know students at the school. "We want people to see our school,” she said.

All proceeds from the auction and chicken barbecue will benefit the school, which educates students in kindergarten through grade 12. There is also a prekindergarten program available. The school was formerly known as Lan-Chester Christian School, but the name changed to Valley Christian School in September 2008 when Lan-Chester merged with Southside Baptist Academy in Downingtown.

"The school needs major renovations and upkeep, and our long-term goal is to build a new educational building," Zietz said.

Valley Christian School is located off the Route 30 bypass at the Chester County Airport exit. For more information about the school, the upcoming auction or to purchase chicken barbecue tickets in advance, interested readers may call 610-380-1650. A complete list of auction items and more information can also be found at

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