The annual spring raffle at Fire Mountain School is underway.

This year’s raffle dinner theme is “Caribbean Night,” scheduled for March 7 at the Old Nehalem Fire Hall, said school board member Amy Ekstrom.

“We’re really well known for having an amazing dinner,” Ekstrom said.

“Rhythm Culture,” a reggae band from Portland, will perform at the event.

Ekstrom said the raffle is a fundraiser to benefit Fire Mountain School, a pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade “private-tuition and community supported alternative school” in Arch Cape.

The school has 18 students, with the capacity for 24.

“Each raffle ticket includes dinner and dancing for two,” Ekstrom said. Tickets can be purchased on the school’s website at firemountainschool.org.

The school is located in the “old-growth forest of Oswald West State Park,” she said. It creates “community leaders who are connected to our north coast environment and culture …”

Ekstrom said Fire Mountain is the “only alternative elementary school in the Arch Cape and Seaside area, and draws from the Montessori, Waldorf and outdoor education” models.

The raffle’s first-place winner will receive $3,000 towards an all-expenses-paid trip anywhere in the world, she said.

The second-place prize winner will receive a two-night stay at Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland, Washington. Third place will receive one night’s stay at Breitenbush Hot Springs.

The event includes a silent auction.

“There are only 500 tickets available,” said Ekstrom, Tickets cost three for $100, or $40 each.


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