Kindergarten Class Auctions Artwork to Benefit Shop with the Sheriff

June 10, 2014

Deputy Sheriff and two children show two paintings.

Children helping children is a guiding principle for Montessori of Chantilly - Casa dei Bambini. For the fourth consecutive year, the school has donated the proceeds of an art auction to the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office Shop with the Sheriff program. Each year, the Montessori kindergarten class creates several pieces of unique art under the guidance of the art teacher. Since each piece is the product of a group of students, all of the artwork is auctioned for a charitable cause rather than returned to the individual students. This year the auction raised $1,600.

Shop with the 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 Fairfax County 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.

Jeff McCleery, a Montessori parent, had the winning bid for a painting titled Starry Night, inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh. "The money goes for a great cause, and we are fortunate to be able to help others," he said. "Also, our son is excited to have his group art project come home with us."

Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant Jaime Popik is the Shop with the Sheriff coordinator. "We are very grateful for the support of our community partners," she said. "Helping children who are homeless start the school year right benefits all of us in so many ways. The shopping spree with these kids is definitely a staff favorite."

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 the Sheriff, please email the Sheriff's Office.

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