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  • “Evie” Vanderpool’s Drawing Selected for VSA Kentucky’s Traveling Student Art Exhibit

    January 07, 2019
    “Evie” Vanderpool’s Drawing Selected for VSA
    Kentucky’s Traveling Student Art Exhibit
    A basket of apples drawn using a black marker then painted with watercolors by
    Crossroads Elementary School student Sherbitu Evangeline “Evie” Vanderpool was
    selected for VSA of Kentucky’s A Matter of Perspective Traveling Exhibit.
    The artistic creation by the seven year-old daughter of Robert and Sarah Vanderpool of
    Mt. Washington will be part of an annual exhibit comprised of original artwork created by
    students with disabilities from across Kentucky. This art exhibit is available to schools,
    museums, businesses, libraries, and hospitals across the Commonwealth each year
    Evie’s teacher, Teresa Cox, called the first grade student, “A remarkable young lady.”
    “Evie has a big personality,” Cox said. “Her art reflects her colorful spirit and ‘can do’
    attitude. Evie is a precious gift and continues to make great strides in her effort to achieve
    everything she sets her mind to do.”
    Cox has entered student art each year since Crossroads opened.
    “All students should have an opportunity to experience success and be recognized for
    their work,” she said.
    According to Sarah Vanderpool, Evie was given the name Sherbitu in her home country
    of Ethiopia and it means ‘quiet, and contemplative.’
    “That definition is definitely not our Evie!” Sarah smiled.
    Evangeline means ‘good news’ and that aptly describes Vanderpool’s feelings when
    they got the news that Evie would be joining their family.

    “We were overjoyed!” Sarah said. “Evie spent the first two years of her life in Ethiopia,
    where her multiple medical needs were met to the best of the ability of the loving staff of
    nurses and nannies in an orphanage.”
    Chronic ear infections and hypertrophic adenoids had taken most of Evie’s hearing
    (down to 20%) and nystagmus, strabismus, and severe myopia left her with little means to
    explore the world around her.
    The Vanderpools were amazed at Evie’s resilience.
    “She always had a smile on her face and loved to laugh!” Sarah noted.
    When Evie was about 21⁄2 years old, she came home to Louisville, KY, and joined her
    new family. Sarah described she was able to benefit from First Steps briefly before being
    enrolled in Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Louisville.
    “There, with intense speech, occupational, physical, and vision therapy, Evie was able
    to grow and learn, and thrive. After multiple surgeries on her ears and eyes, she has
    regained her full ability to hear and is able to use her limited vision very well,” Sarah said.
    In the summer of 2018, Evie added ADHD and Developmental Delay to her alphabet
    soup of diagnoses, but nothing has slowed down her energy and joy in life.
    “She loves to sing and dance and move,” Sarah said. “She absorbs everything around
    her and replays it in her own little make-believe world every day. She is extremely
    compassionate. Any time she hears or sees someone else cry, she will tear up right along
    with them!”
    VSA Kentucky is a non-profit organization that promotes arts, education and creative
    expression for all. Teachers are encouraged to submit their students’ original artwork each
    fall in order to participate in the exhibition.
    Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,100 students in grades preschool through 12.
    There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 800
    working to make the district the leader in educational excellence.
    Contact:
    John Roberts, Communications Director
    502-869-6000