From left - Grace Han Wolf, Herndon town councilmember and immediate past president of the Council for the Arts of Herndon (CAH); Signe Friedrichs, CAH executive director; Cathy Lanni, CAH director; John Foust, Dranesville district supervisor; Anna Bledsoe, CAH assistant, Jenny Phipps, Herndon aide to Supervisor Foust. Not pictured, David Segal, CAH director.
Photo courtesy of David Segal Photography
The Council for the Arts of Herndon joins with the Dranesville supervisor’s office every holiday season to gather new shoes for children at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon. Hutchison is a Title I school serving many students with challenging social and economic issues. Principal Judy Baldwin told CAH Executive Director Signe Friedrichs, “Staff and teachers will notice children who are wearing open sandals or shoes that are falling apart. We can provide for them with these donations. Last year this was especially bad since it was extremely cold, and this year, we are seeing the same thing happening. Winter is just starting now, and we know it will get worse. This is such a blessing for kids in our school.”
In conjunction with Supervisor Foust’s Office, The Council for the Arts of Herndon collected 25 pairs of new shoes and $615 in gift cards.
Hutchison Elementary School is a special favorite of the Council for the Arts of Herndon, which in addition to the holiday shoe drive, also provides arts enrichment programs including theatrical productions for children with Next Stop Theatre, as well as ceramics classes.
For further information on the Council for the Arts of Herndon, check the Council for the Arts of Herndon website: www.herndonarts.org.