— For the past four years, Parker County has helped celebrate Crime Victims’ Rights Week in a big way, through the Parker County Attorney’s School Art Contest.
The U.S. Department of Justice annually recognizes programs throughout the United States for their participation in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and this year the event has achieved that distinction.
The contest runs during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 21-27. In previous years, contest winners have received scholarships, cash and art supplies. For 2013, the contest theme is “Transformations.”
Knowing that art can powerfully convey the anguish, pain and disorientation caused by crime, through expressions of art victims can begin to find peace, strength and healing. They can learn that others care about the quality of living in their community.
“We continue our efforts to have this event serve as a tool for every school age student to participate in facing the challenges and working toward solutions that will help transform the lives of victims,” states a press release from Parker County Attorney John Forrest. “We need your support and donations to help reward our participants. Hubert Humphrey once said that, ‘The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.’ We ask for your help and generosity as we all try to be better neighbors.”
Donors will be listed in a display at the Parker County Annex during Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and the public is invited to attend the awards presentation honoring the participants on Friday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m.
For questions or more information call Lisa at the Parker County Attorney’s Office at 817-594-8409. Donations may be paid to Victim Awareness Through Art (V.A.T.A.), 118 W. Columbia, Weatherford, TX 76086.