VALE – There was no sign of students as Mary Jo Sharp led the way through locker rooms, hallways and tight corners into the interior of the Vale High School last week.
Only the sound of dripping water punctuated an otherwise silent building just weeks into the summer break as Sharp reached another doorway. She quickly opened the door and pointed to a stack of black bags against the wall.
“Here it is,” she said.
She could easily have turned and asked: “Want to buy a singing bowl? How about 43 yoga mats?”
Instead Sharp stepped back and surveyed the stack of items and black bags that are sequestered into a small area off of a locker room that embody an array of yoga items the school district is now auctioning and accepting bids for.
The yoga materials include, but are not limited to:
• 43 4-inch yoga blocks
• 12 yoga mats
•16 rectangular cushions
•27 yoga straps
• 19 rice bags
•1 yoga dice
• 1 singing bowl
•1 jumbo tower block
• 4 yoga bags.
“There was previously a yoga class offered (at the high school) but it has not been offered in a couple of years. We do not anticipate offering that course in the future so, rather than storing the supplies, we have declared them as surplus and are offering them at bid,” said Alisha McBride, Vale School District superintendent.
McBride said the equipment is offered as a set.
“Buyer takes all,” said McBride.
Some of the unique items include the singing bowl. McBride said the box the bowl arrived in advertised it could be used to help in meditation. Or relaxation. Or to cook noodles.
Singing bowls, traditionally linked to Tibet, are a type of bell that vibrates and emits a deep tone. The bowls are used to promote healing.
The equipment is also being sold “as is” without warranties or guarantees. The district also reserves the right to reject bids. The highest bidder will be required to pick up the items no later than Aug. 2.
Sealed bids are due at the Vale School District office no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Bids may be delivered by email to [email protected], by mail or delivered to 403 E Street West in Vale.
EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM – Available for $5 a month. Subscribe to the digital service of the Enterprise and get the very best in local journalism. We report with care, attention to accuracy, and an unwavering devotion to fairness