Fourth-grader’s art to be featured on charity pin

By: Mike Koury | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published December 8, 2015

 Emmie Shelton, 9, of Sheiko Elementary School, will have her picture of a snowman featured on a pin that will be sold to help raise money for West Bloomfield families.

Emmie Shelton, 9, of Sheiko Elementary School, will have her picture of a snowman featured on a pin that will be sold to help raise money for West Bloomfield families.

Photo provided by Kathy Sheiko

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — A fourth-grader from Sheiko Elementary School recently won a local drawing contest to benefit local West Bloomfield families.

Emmie Shelton won the Snowman Pin Contest, put on by Our Children’s Fund, in which pins are sold to help raise money to purchase Target gift cards so local families can buy necessities. OCF helps provide supplies and resources to students of the West Bloomfield School District and their families. 

The 9-year-old Shelton said she normally likes to draw outfits and random people, as well as hair designs.

“I was kind of surprised,” she said of her achievement. “I wasn’t expecting to win. I was, like, really trying, and it just, like, happened.”

Shelton was recognized for her accomplishment at the West Bloomfield School District Board of Education meeting Nov. 23. She said it was cool that she won and that she was happy to tell her parents, who were very proud of her.

Sheiko Elementary Principal Sonja James also is very proud of the work Shelton did, noting that she might be the first child from Sheiko to win this contest that’s existed for 15 years.

“To know the artwork is one of my Sheiko leaders is awesome,” she said. “It is like an amazing, amazing thing for her.

“It just makes us in the building, us being the students and other staff, very proud of Emmie and the work that she did.”

A school board member started the contest 15 years ago, according to Kathy Sheiko, a volunteer with OCF who also is the namesake of the aforementioned elementary school.

Sheiko said the pins will be sold for $10 each, and the money collected will go into a fund to purchase the gift cards. Last year, the pins helped raise $2,000 of the $20,000 in gift cards that went to needy families.

For anyone interested in applying to receive a gift card, Sheiko said they can contact the social worker or principal of the school that their child attends, which must be a West Bloomfield School District school.

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