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Kids design cards to raise money for CASA

Joyce Hollister

A surprised-looking peacock, a richly colored parrot in a deep green jungle and a brilliant red cat are among 12 designs for notecards painted by Carson Valley children.

The children are in the Monart School of the Arts program and sale of the cards will generate funds for the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program operated out of the Family Support Council.

Shirley Holland, CASA director for the Family Support Council, said that she is grateful to the students who donated their artworks to the program.

“These contributions show that these children and their parents share a sense of social responsibility for all children as well as caring for children in our community who are suffering through some difficult times in their lives.”

The sale of the notecards allows “kids to help kids,” Holland added.

The children who participated are Delaney Battista, 7, Zachary Hickman, 9, Erin Wilson, 11, Laura Glenn, 10, Josh Galrazza, 15, Kevin Friedline, 12, Davey Fisher, 5, Crystal Grayot, 12, Travis Hawks, 12, and Caitie Wicks, 9. Teacher is Carri Wicks.

The Monart program is offered in the art room of the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Lynne Hoffman of Silver State Printing provided the printing of the cards and Frank Lombardo of Mailboxes Etc. provided a discount on the color reproductions. Larry Ficken and Linda Hemphill did the final color prints, and Shirley Knapp, Rochelle van der Poel, Helen Vangell and Norma Hammond cut, pasted and packaged the cards in bundles of 12.

The cards may also be purchased separately, and they are on sale at the Family Support Council Office on Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville, Silver State Printing in Minden, Monart School at the museum, U.S. Bank, Mailboxes Etc., Calico Books and Gifts and the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce office; or call the CASA office at 782-8692.

“The CASA program has limited funding and in order to become more self-sufficient in the future, we will continue producing notecards and other products to support our program using local talent and supporting our local business,” Holland said.

Over the holidays, Western Nevada Properties donated $1,000 in support of kids in temporary shelters and foster care during the holiday season.

CASA volunteers work for Douglas County District Court judges and serve on custody, juvenile, abuse and neglect cases involving children. They are charged with serving in the best interest of the children.

The program needs volunteers, Holland said, particularly men. She said that men and women with a full work load are usually able to work volunteer time for CASA successfully into their schedules.

For information, call Holland at 782-8692.