Big splash for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Published 5:51 pm Friday, September 16, 2011

BBBS pool party participants: From left front, Little Brother (LB) Isaias, LB Ricky, Little Sister (LS) Elizabeth, LS Hai’lee, LS Belen, LB Matias, LB Don’tae, LB Russell, Jose, Karen Dacey. Back row, Big Brother (BB) Bruce Heckelman, Big Sister (BS) Lynne Parsons, BB Ernie Giannini, BS Lynn Montgomery, BS Carolyn Ashburn, BB Allen Burdett, BS Sharon Kolbye, BS Cathy Smith Bowers, BB Bob Mongomery. Not pictured, LB Josh, LS Lydia and BS Jana Hinely. (photo by Chuck Hearon)

There’s hardly a better way for kids to end the hot summer than splashing in a cool pool with other kids. In August, the local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)  organization gave Littles and Bigs the opportunity to gather for a group celebration of summer fun before all the children headed back to school.
Big Sister Carolyn Ashburn and her husband Chuck Hearon shared their backyard pool for the event.
During a brief storm that forced a time-out, all gathered under tents and umbrellas to snack and visit. No one grumbled much about the intermission, organizers said, but as soon as the storm passed, the children went back to their water play. While one Little Sister spent the entire time practicing swimming, other Littles enjoyed games, floats and races in the pool.

Big Sister Jana Hinely and her new Little Sister, Lydia, enjoy their first group event with Big Brothers Big Sisters. (photo by Karen Dacey)

BBBS hosts several group activities annually. Bigs and Littles schedule other outings twice a month to engage in activities both enjoy, such as going to plays, cooking, planting flowers or attending a sports event.
The annual party was made possible in part by a grant from the Arthur M. and Frances H. Wilhelm Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation.
In addition to the traditional community-based matches, BBBS has a school-based program that serves children in area elementary schools.
There is always a waiting list of boys and girls who need and want a mentor. Those interested in volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters are encouraged to call 828-859-9230 for more information.
– article submitted
by Karen Dacey

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