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Artists remember Robert Manwill

After the 2009 death of Robert Manwill at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, many groups in the community came up with ways to remember him and try to bring attention to the persistent issue of child abuse.

“Artists for Kids,” an annual silent art auction in New Plymouth (where Robert attended grade school at the time of his death), is one of the most creative — in more ways than the obvious.

The exhibition/silent auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the building next to Zions Bank on Main Street in New Plymouth.

Guests will be able to bid on pieces created by amateur and professional artists in the community. What’s even better is that all the proceeds will go to the Robert Manwill Scholarship Fund.

The money will be kept in trust until 2019, the year Robert would have graduated from high school. The money will be awarded then as a scholarship to one of the children in Robert’s class to help them continue their education.

Organizer and artist Katy Belanger said she and her fellow artists are committed to seeing this effort through in honor of Robert. The fund has grown to $8,000 over the last few years. Who knows how full the coffers may get with seven years to go?

To find out more about the event or how to help, contact Belanger at katybelanger@gmail.com.

BECOME A ‘STEWARD OF CHILDREN’

On a related note, the Meridian Police Department and FACES — Family Advocacy Center and Education Services — are marking April National Child Abuse Prevention Month by offering free training for people interested in becoming “Stewards of Children.”

The training will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Meridian Police Department. It will provide adults with ways to help recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

If you have questions or wish to register for this class, contact Melissa Delaney at mdelaney@meridiancity.org or 846-7360.

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