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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 IN ~ VV ~ ana l~AI~,lVil~l~ b AUVUUAII~, II ! e 8-year-old uses painting talent to raise money to help community RANSON-Ayoung man's fond- search different charities that he'd ness for creating drawings to match be interested in," his mother Kelly the week's weather forecast has led explained. One of the charities the to a donation that will lend a hand to pair investigated: the WV Coalition homeless people in our community, to End Homelessness, It all started with Will Astle, the Kelly said she and her son "looked founder of WV Eastern Panhan- over the website, read the mission die Weather, who'd gotten to know statement, the message from the di- young Jacen (his family doesn't rector, just everything on the site" want his last name to appear in before settling on it to benefit from print) when he came up with new the project. drawings each week for Astle's Fa- "We really liked the WV Coali- cebook page and website, tion to End Homelessness," she Astle then suggested the 8-year- said. "That goal of 'ending' home- old artist take on a new challenge: lessness, as opposed to just manag- Instead of using pencils or colored ing it, was what drew him to them." pencils to make art, Jacen would Thanks to the auction of the paint- create a painting that Astle could ing that Jacen entitled "Bubbles in auction off on the weather web- Space"- with Kevin Brackens, the site. owner of Brackens Painting and one Instead of keeping the auctionof the founders of the Ranson-based charity proceeds for himself, Jacen Bros and Bras running group, mak- suggesting using the art project to ing the winning bid - the WV Co- do good, coming up with the idea of alition to End Homelessness, head- turning over the full amount raised quartered in Bridgeport, took in a to a charity, donation of $160. "I went online and helped him re- "Mr. Brackens said he's going to hang the painting in his office, and painting, and he's decided to do an- even commissioned Jacen to make other art auction next year, and prob- another painting for him," Kel- ably every year, for the same char- ly said. "Jacen is now in love with ity, with hopes to add other charities Kevin Brackens (left) stands with Jacen and Alicia White, the housing stabilization manager for the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, in front of Ranson City Hall after winning a recent , charity art auction. Jacen, whose family wanted to keep his last name' private, created the painting as he' - sought to raise money to help end homelessness. Now he hopes his / efforts will Inspire other kids and adults to step in and help causes . they care about. as well." Now Jacen, a second-grader who earns straight As and also excels at Clyde's Karate in Inwood, is hoping his idea catches on with others. "We hope that other kids and even adults are also inspired to take ac- tion for causes that they care about," Kelly explained. // // i (i:~ii( / ? BE LIVE MUSIC with MAY 5 8 A.M. TO NOON Ed Barney 10 to rA it M !1 it II MAlt Kilt WEST 1110|$1| BUSHEL PECK IS OPEN TUESDAY through SUNDAY 10AM-6PM 100 W, Washington Street, downtown Charles Town Ph: 304-885-8133 Knowledge is the best medicine for a FUN and SAFE summer! Join WVU Medicine Pediatric physicians for these informative lectures on Summer Safety for kids, followed by a Q&A session. and Buml Flol ltlon Option= When to go to the IER Food Sef y by Dr. Scott Vascik by Dr. Sarah Moerschel by Dr. Rafka Chaiban ii Join James Brown, MD for the Eastern Pylons lecture - a discussion of Aristotle's study of relationship between form and function,wv Pylon Medical History Lecture made possible The in part by a grant from the WV Humanities Council. ~'.~ FREE, IDUOMIONAL PROGRAM8 - OPEN TO THE PUBMO Located on the Berkeley Medical Center Campus - Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Auditorium (behind the Dorothy McCormack Building) EARH W A O CAN DO TI] P LI I Thursday, May 24, 20!8 Holiday Inn 301 Foxcroft .Avenue Martinsburg 25401 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: II=rbar= Gottlleb, Director of Hnlth & IEnvlronment, Physicians for Io lal Ilesponllblllty Conversations on the impact of climate change on human health and options to protect our future, also featuring a presentation about college planning workshops, dinner and more! A FUNDRAiSER FOR BOOKS MOTIVATE FOUNDATION BOOK=.OT,V to learn more go to: FOUNDATION