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PALM CITY -- Peter's Hardware Center in Palm City, which has been an avid supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, conducted an art contest to benefit the nonprofit organization.
Peter Wernick, owner of Peter's Hardware Center, made a donation to the Palm City Elementary School's art program. That donation led to an idea that involved the grade-school students.
"I initially donated the money to invest in the children and so that the art teacher, Martha Saum, could buy art supplies," said Mr. Wernick. "When I mentioned that I was designing a T-shirt for my employees to wear during the JDRF's walkathon on April 13, we discussed the idea of the art class students designing the T-shirt as part of a fun and educational contest."
Ms. Saum, who has been teaching at PCE for more than seven years and was the school's 2012 Teacher of the Year, directed the students by first explaining facts about the disease.
"We discussed the walkathon and how it will raise money and awareness for juvenile diabetes," said Ms. Saum. "Students at PCE have classmates with juvenile diabetes so they are very compassionate and interested in making a difference in the fight against juvenile diabetes. I was impressed with the creative slogans and artwork the students completed. I was also thrilled that there was such excitement about completing this project."
The students incorporated the JDRF colors, message, meaning and event into their artwork. The winner was fourth grade student Sean Dickens, 10, and seven runner-ups also were selected: Johnathon Armendariz, Sophia Baxter, Kara Bradley, Mailee Burke, Matthew Fleischer, Kaileen Kennedy and Isabella Smith.
Sean's design has been placed on the front of the T-shirt. The shirts are available at Peter's Hardware Center and will be given to anyone who donates at least $6 to JDRF. One hundred percent of the T-shirt proceeds will be donated to JDRF.
"My philosophy is simple," said Mr. Wernick. "The community has been so wonderful to Peter's Hardware that it only makes sense for me to support the community. My causes will always be about investing in children because I believe they are our future."
Peter's Hardware Center is assembling a team to participate in the "Walk to Cure Diabetes" event on April 13, along Flagler Avenue in Flagler Park in downtown Stuart. The walkathon is JDRF's largest fundraising event.
"Anyone who chooses to participate is more than welcome to be on my team," he said. "Either call or stop in the store and let us know."
Peter's Hardware Center, located at 1105 S.W. Martin Downs Blvd., in Palm City, supports many nonprofit organizations and community events throughout the year. Store hours are Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (772) 600-5088.