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Bookstore hosts art exhibit by homeless Vt. children

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Most children's finger-paintings end up on the fridge, but for a few of Chittenden County's youngest artists, their creations are taking center stage in South Burlington.

About 20 paintings now decorate the walls the Barnes and Noble café. The artists are homeless children, most under the age of 3, who have all stayed in a COTS family shelter. Program organizers say art projects like this one highlight just how many kids are homeless, while keeping them connected to typical childhood activities.

"We try to provide normalcy in an otherwise very challenging time and so this is one of those opportunities where we get to celebrate. A time when they are in crisis is an opportunity to celebrate them, just like other children and have an opportunity to display their work and also to raise awareness that we have children in shelter," said Becky Holt of COTS.

Last year, more than 100 children stayed in COTS' shelters. Their artwork will remain on display at the South Burlington bookstore throughout the month of November.

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