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Spring Arts & Crafts Fair and Silent Auction

Nova High School
Thursday, April 25TH, 2019

Friends of Nova (FON) is looking for donations of crafts or special pieces of art as well as professional or personal services, gift certificates, gift cards, and other contributions for the Silent Auction at our upcoming Arts and Crafts Fair. Here’s how to get involved:

To Donate:

  • To donate items, please fill out the donation form and deliver your contribution to Nova High School by April 1st, 2019.

  • If you would like to drop off or mail in your donations, the school’s address is 2410 E. Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98122. Attn: Arts and Crafts Fair. Please make sure to attach a copy of the donation form to your donation!  

  • Please contact Lisa Galarneau ( to arrange delivery or pick up if you can’t get the item to Nova during school hours (7:30AM-5PM Monday –Friday).

  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation, please make your check out to “AFE” or “Alliance for Education” and have “Friends of Nova” in the memo line. Or, the check can be made out to “Alliance for Education / Friends of Nova. The tax ID is 91-1508191. Please include the donation form with your check.

  • For students interested in contributing original art, we will be offering tickets to a cool gift basket (contents TBD, but it will be impressive!) drawing for each piece donated.  We will also host digital art projects at the event, and students will also receive tickets to the drawing for each digital art piece submitted. We will also need setup volunteers and some help running things on the day of the event, so please stay tuned for more details! Please contact Lisa Galarneau ( if you’re a student and would like to participate.

Event Coordination:
We also need help pre-event (cataloging and event planning) and on the day of the event (food, setup and clean up).  Students will receive student government credit for their assistance. Please let Lisa know ( if you are interested in helping out! 

Come to the Arts & Crafts Fair and Silent Auction:
Plan to come and have fun on April 25th from 6 - 8PM! We will have food, music, craft tables, and live performances by Nova students, as well as an inspiring showcase of donated and student arts/crafts.

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We’re celebrating the work, stories and contributions of our current and former Nova students. Do you have exciting Nova student news to share? Send it our way!

The 464-seat Auditorium Arvedi was designed around the sound of the instruments. For the recordings, every light bulb in the hall was unscrewed to eliminate a faint buzzing sound. Credit: Isabella de Maddalena for The New York Times

The 464-seat Auditorium Arvedi was designed around the sound of the instruments. For the recordings, every light bulb in the hall was unscrewed to eliminate a faint buzzing sound.
Credit: Isabella de Maddalena for The New York Times

Max Paradiso, reporter and Nova alum recently wrote an article featured in the New York Times about preserving the sounds of Stradivarius violins by quieting the town of Cremona, Italy.  

Max is a freelance reporter, award-winning author and part-time gelato eater. Mostly foreign affairs, human rights, Iran, Europe and wine. You can learn more about his work here.

Azura Tyabji shares poetry and what it's like to be a Nova High School student with the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors.

Azura Tyabji, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and 2018 Nova graduate was just named a national ambassador for the National Youth Poet Laureate Competition.

Azura will be performing at the National Commencement at the Library of Congress April 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Our Mission:


The Friends of Nova (FON) are parents and guardians dedicated to supporting Nova High School students, teachers, staff and families. We do this through volunteering, raising funds, community advocacy, and educational opportunities. 

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We hope you’ll join us!

Enroll your student at Nova.

Sign up for the weekly Friends of Nova newsletter.

Come to a Friends of Nova meeting or event.

Volunteer to support students, teachers and staff.

Donate to the Friends of Nova. Your contribution goes directly to students, staff and teachers.

Contact us if you have questions or want to learn more.

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What’s Nova?

Nova High School is an exceptional alternative public school in Seattle providing a high quality, individualized education.

As parents and guardians, we have seen first-hand how Nova ignites intrinsic motivation and builds personal efficacy in young people.

All kinds of students thrive at Nova because it is a student-centered and relationship-based education.

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Nova's 15th animation showcase 'Luminescent Slime Garden' Premiered June 2016 at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle.

Nova High School is a stimulating learning community that welcomes, integrates, challenges, and supports students of ALL backgrounds, identities, and abilities to become their best selves.
— - Erin, Parent & FON Volunteer
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