HAMMOND | The fifth annual “Chairish the Children” project raised $2,100 for child abuse prevention awareness as project organizers announced the winners.
The chairs, decorated by students and adults, were on display at the Indiana Welcome Center in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. About 150 people attended the reception at which the chairs were auctioned off and prizes awarded.
The chairs reflect the students’ interpretation of what it means to cherish local children, their thoughts on childhood, and what children mean to the future of the world, committee chair Sharon Hylek said.
Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Lake County, the public was able to vote for the People’s Choice winners on the IPad voting device.
Middle School & Overall winner
"Once Upon a Time" from Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster; teacher is Brian Vance and the student artist is Nicole Lu.
High School winner
"Blue’s Clues" from Hammond High School; teacher is Marsha Browne and the artists are Ana Lemus, Pedro Hernandez and Justice Riley.
"Time to Color" entered by the Hammond Police Department and artists Mark Biller, Dawn Biller and Jill Sharbono
Middle School winners
First place ($250 prize) - "Once Upon a Time" from Wilbur Wright Middle School
Second place ($100) - "Our Community’s Children are Superheroes!" from St. Mary Catholic School in Griffith; the teacher is Lisa Peretin and the artists are Megan Sullivan, Erica Ward and Kara Sabovcik
Third place ($50) - "Under the Sea" from Hal E. Clark Middle School in St. John; teacher is Margaret Govert and the artists are Madison Barker, Min Durham, Claire Nowacki, Rachel Davids, Lily Haro and Aaliyah Walker
High School winners
First place ($250) - "Lite Brite" from Clark High School in Hammond; teacher is Laura Price and the artists are Tony Rivera, Jerry Rodriguez, Aedila Mendieta, Denisse Mosivias and Arnulfo Villar
Second place ($100) - "Elmo" from the Wirt-Emerson VPA Academy in Gary; teacher is Deb Weiss and the artist is Joseph Ryan
Third place ($50) - "Dreams" from Merrillville High School; teacher is Sarah Kennedy Ketchum and the artists are Bianca Cardenas, Johnathon Arce, Israel Akinbobuyi, Charles Bonner and Robert Jackson