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Youth council offering Canvas and Cocoa

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Children as young as age 5 who are looking for a fun activity over the weekend have the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity with an event at the Drug Free Shelby County office.

The youth council within the organization is hosting Canvas and Cocoa, an event where children can create artwork under the guidance of Dawn Adams, the art teacher at Hendricks Elementary. It runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the office, 54 W. Broadway St., Suite 2 in Shelbyville.

Tickets are still available online and can be bought at the door. They are available at https://drug-free-shelby-county.ticketleap.com/canvas-and-cocoa/.

The youth council is tying in Valentine’s Day with the event and are offering tickets for $5 to singles and $8 for couples.

Canvas and Cocoa is a fundraising opportunity for the youth council, which has members hoping to go on a training trip in July in Orlando, Fla. The training, through the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), will instruct students how to identify drug-related problems in the community and construct a strategic plan on how to tackle those issues.

The trip costs $1,000 per student, Executive Director Lori Springer said.

This is the first time Drug Free Shelby County’s youth council has done a Canvas and Cocoa event, she said, and came about through brainstorming sessions. She noted the popularity of Wine and Canvas across the country and wanted to do something child-friendly.

“We were trying to come up with something for the kids to do,” she said. “We thought it would be fun. They can come as a couple or single. It’s something special to do. Cocoa just sounded good with canvas. It’ll be like a little Valentine’s party.”

After they’re finished, students will be taking home an 11x14 painting.

“We’re working to try to get kids the opportunity to do some fun stuff,” she said, noting the coalition’s action plan focuses on providing events like this.

She said the youth council will have future fundraisers to raise money for the July trip. The next one will be in May at the Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center.