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Sharon R. Bock launches new community engagement program: Clerks 4 ARTS

Student artists, parents, teachers and Clerk staff to attend gallery opening on April 6

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 4, 2016) – Giving back is among the most important and valuable services government employees can offer to the community. Each year, the Clerk & Comptroller’s office raises thousands of dollars through various fundraising initiatives to support local charities in Palm Beach County.

On Wednesday, April 6, the Clerk’s office will unveil its new program: Clerks 4 ARTS - Art Reflected Through Students. The Governmental Center will turn into an art gallery exhibiting more than 100 pieces created by students from Conniston Middle School. This idea originated from Suncoast High School interns who participated in the Clerk’s Financial Literacy Summer Internship, last year.

The Clerk’s Finance Division employees raised nearly $1,000 to purchase art supplies for more than 70 student painters and sculptors. These original works of art will be displayed throughout the 2nd floor atrium of the Clerk’s office.

“Studies show art develops the mind and teaches children valuable skills,” said Clerk Bock. “Through this community engagement initiative, we are helping students reach higher gains in math, reading, cognitive abilities and critical thinking.”

The Clerk’s office has more than 700 employees, many of whom have children in Palm Beach County Schools. Each year, employees donate books, school supplies, food and toys for local students.

Annually, Clerks 4 ARTS will donate to schools to stimulate local Arts Education programs.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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