Get ready to open your wallets and buy local student artwork for a great cause.
Communities in Schools of Greenbrier County (CISGC) will be hosting an online art auction from May 2-7. Proceeds from the auction will allow the organization to continue providing free services to at-risk and underprivileged youth in Greenbrier County.
According to Brittany Masters, executive director of CISGC, the artwork was created as part of the Empower Project — designed to encourage students in grades 5-12 to express their creativity through painting, drawing and more.
Twenty four paintings and drawings that were created by students in Greenbrier County will be featured in the auction, and are currently on display at Harmony Ridge Gallery on Washington Street in Lewisburg.
For those who cannot make the trip to downtown Lewisburg, artwork can be viewed at the online auction site 32auctions.com/empowers.
The goal is to raise $10,000 to support all of the programs at CISGC including providing clothing, food, tutoring, basic needs, emergency funds, case management and more to any student who needs it county-wide, Masters stated.
“We touch thousands of lives a year and this year has been critical for the services that we provide,” Masters said of CISGC. “Money raised will aid in the sustainability of our programs, and to expand our presence at all schools in the county.”
The only public school in Greenbrier County that does not have a case manager from CISGC is Greenbrier West High School, however, Masters said that should change this fall.
Any parent/guardian of a student who may need assistance for their child can call CISGC at 304-661-1018 or email email@example.com.
All of the case work and assistance provided to students is completely confidential.