Buy a chair and save a child

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-CASA is holding its third annual silent chair auction.

This year the chairs are on display at the Barnes and Noble location at the Turtle Creek Mall in Jones.

Executive Director of CASA, Carla Borden, says they need the support of the community to keep Region 8 children from falling through the cracks.

"CASA is a volunteer advocacy program where volunteers are trained to advocate for children who have been neglected or abused and placed into foster care," Borden said. "those advocates stay with those children until they are in a safe and permanent home."

Borden says the volunteers stay with the children throughout the entire process.

"They advocate for the children in court so that they will move through the judicial system as quickly as possible because, as we know, foster homes are no place to raise a child."

Students from eight schools participating in this years chair auction.

Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Valley View Schools, Teresa Rogers, says her students were eager to help CASA.

"The students have been working very diligently over the past two to three weeks to make chairs that show others how much they care about people in the community."

Rogers says her Gifted and Talented students decided to focus their chairs on Vincent Van Gogh.

"We specifically chose The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh because we felt it was mysterious and life in general is full of lots of mysteries that you just have to flow with."

Rogers feels this project was a valuable learning experience for the kids that participated.

"By participating in the CASA project, the students learned they could help the community in general and they also specifically worked and volunteered their time for the community and learned more about the artist, Vincent Van Gogh."

Borden, "CASA is vital to getting children out of foster care and into permanent homes. Our volunteers are the voice for that child and the eyes and ears for the court. And right now, there is a huge need. In Craig head County alone, there are one hundred and forty-five children in foster care. We only have thirty-six advocates. There is a huge need to train others to be a CASA advocate."

Borden says the funds raised from this event will go to train those additional advocates.

CASA represents the children in five Region 8 counties.

This auction will take place from December 2nd through the 10th.

On December 10th, the chairs will be moved out into the mall for the final auction and your last chance to bid on a chair.

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