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Sheriff unveils student artwork at substation

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Artwork representing nearly every Douglas County school is now on display at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office substation, following a special ceremony last week.
Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver and Commissioner Roger Partridge unveiled a hallway filled with the student artwork during a celebration on Wednesday February 13, attended by more than a hundred community members, including students, families, teachers and principals.
Last fall, Sheriff Weaver reached out to the Douglas County School District to see if students might be willing to provide artwork to help dress up the substation that was built in 2011. Students at each DCSD school were encouraged to participate. The theme was a celebration of Douglas County’s 150th anniversary. More than 60 schools participated, providing a single artwork to represent the entire student body. 
A couple weeks ago the Sherriff’s Office hung all of the paintings, drawings and photographs, including Spencer Kuhn, an eighth-grader from American Academy; Aimee Zenter, a fourth-grader from Prairie Crossing Elementary; and Bria Eaquinto, a first-grader from Northridge Elementary. A full list is available below.
Following a lesson in cubism, featuring the work of Picasso, Kuhn chose to create an abstract picture of aspens.
“It was a lot of fun, but it was a challenge,” Kuhn said. “It's really cool, like a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Zenter says her friends were not surprised that her painting of a sunset was chosen to be placed on permanent display.
“They said, 'of course it's you. You're the best artist in the class,” Zenter said.
Finally, Eaquinto said she could not wait to see her drawing of a police car in a neighborhood along with her family at the unveiling.
“I feel really excited about it,” she said.
County Commissioner Roger Partridge and Sheriff Weaver had the opportunity to browse the display before it was open to the public and said he was impressed by all of the artwork.
“I see the sweetness in each child's work,” Partridge said.
“I'm so proud of the kids from Douglas County,” Weaver added. “They did such a fantastic job. I wish I had more and more walls at this facility to keep thousands more pictures.”
Each of the students received a certificate from the Sheriff and the honor of having their artwork on display permanently at the substation, which is located near Broadway and Highlands Ranch Parkway.
“This gives our kids, our community and opportunity to come back 10 years, 20 years, 30 years from now and to share with their kids and their kids something that they did. Something that they inspired here,” Weaver said. “These pictures will be here forever more and it’s their contribution to their community.”
The artwork is open to the public, however, because of the secured nature of the substation building, the Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone wanting to see the students work simply check in with the front desk beforehand.
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