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Art Around the Lake donates to local schools

Westwood PinePress of Westwood, California

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Lake Almanor Community Foundation board members Judy Chynoweth and Lori Sinclair visited Chester High School Monday, Sept. 21.

The purpose of their visit was to meet with school officials from the communities of Chester, Westwood and Greenville to gift their arts programs with proceeds from the sixth annual Art Around the Lake event held the weekend of July 24-25.

Each year the proceeds from the two-day Art Around the Lake event are used to benefit the music and arts programs in the artists' home communities of Chester, Westwood and Greenville.

Meeting the board members were CHS Principal Scott Cory, Brian Johnson, who is assistant principal for both CHS and GHS, and Adele Emershaw, who is the Westwood School District interim superintendent and principal to both the high school and Fletcher Walker Elementary School.

Presenting the checks, AAL chairwoman Judy Chynoweth said, "We are so pleased to be able to give to the schools in these tough economic times. We feel every little bit counts.

"What the volunteers, the community and businesses do for the schools is really important."

Accepting the check for her schools, Emershaw said, "We obviously appreciate the Lake Almanor Community Foundation and all the artists for this gift."

She said Westwood didn't currently have an art program. "We're hoping to use these funds for visual arts. Hopefully it can be used to help restore visual arts in the classroom by supporting the Artists in Classrooms Project," she said.

Accepting Greenville's contribution, Johnson said, "Because of the budget cuts and constraints, money like this will be used down to the penny and all for the kids."

He said Greenville had been able to maintain one art class at the high school and what he called "a very fine music program.

"I'm sure this funding will go a long way to supplement the fine and performing arts of Greenville. Both principal Laura Blesse and I are very grateful to the Lake Almanor Community Foundation," he said.

Principal Scott Cory called the gift to CHS visualand performing arts programs a "substantial enhancement."

"This will allow us to do those extra tings that wouldn't be accomplished with district funding," he said.

Cory recognized the "hours and hours" that went into the event that provided the funding.

"It doesn't get anymore community then this," he said.

He extended heartfelt thanks to the entire LACF board and volunteers who made Art Around the Lake happen.

"I know I speak for the staff, particularly Mrs. Roby and Mrs. Compton who provide the visual and performing arts instruction for our students," he said.

LACF donated $2,250 to Chester High School. Donations in the amount of $1,125 were made to the Greenville and Westwood schools.

In explaining the difference in the amount of the checks, Chynoweth said the size of the donations distributed was proportionate to the number of enrolled students j at each school.

The Lake Almanor Community Foundation, in partnership with Plumas Arts and the Feather River Fine Arts Association, sponsors Art Around the Lake.

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Original Publication Date: September 30, 2009

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