Kindergarten Class Donates to "Shop with a Sheriff"

June 18, 2013

Sheriff's deputies and an auction-winning family stand behind two paintings.

For the third consecutive year, the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office has received a generous donation to its Shop with a Sheriff program from Montessori of Chantilly. Each year, the kindergarten class creates several pieces of art under the guidance of the art teacher. Since each unique art piece is created by a group of students, the artwork is auctioned for a charitable cause rather than returned to the students. The school presented the Sheriff's Office with a check for $1,400.

"This is a wonderful way to build a sense of community and empathy," said school director, Deepa Simlot. "It teaches our students that not everyone is as fortunate as they are."

Shop with a Sheriff is an annual event held a week before school starts to help children who are homeless stock up on school supplies and clothing. Boys and girls from the Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry Family Shelters pair up with Sheriff's deputies to shop at Target in Burke, Va. Since 1992, the Burke Target has been the primary sponsor of this Sheriff's Office program.

"We are thrilled about the continued involvement of these Montessori children and their families in our Shop with a Sheriff program," said Lt. Jaime Popik, program coordinator. "To help children in need start the school year right brings joy to all of us. With community partners, we can make a bigger difference."

The Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry Family Shelters provide a safe, temporary home for families, where they can receive help to assess their needs and develop a plan to locate permanent housing as quickly as possible. The shelters are an integral part of the county’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.

For more information about Shop with a Sheriff, please email the Sheriff's Office.

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