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Polk Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoy big splash at pool party

Polk County Big Brothers Big Sisters youth and mentors enjoy an end of summer pool party. (photo submitted)

Polk County Big Brothers Big Sisters youth and mentors enjoy an end of summer pool party. (photo submitted)

It was another cloudy summer day when Polk Bigs and Littles gathered for the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters pool party and picnic.

The rain intervened almost immediately and sent everyone scurrying for shelter. Not a problem, since hosts John and Shawn Matthew had thought of everything and quickly arranged picnic tables and seating beneath a covered area.

Big Sisters Sue Anderson and Lynn Montgomery contributed goodies and helped set up the picnic while chef John manned the grill.

So despite the drizzle, all were able to enjoy grilled hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, chips, watermelon and cookies.

As the skies poured and rattled, hopes for a bright sunny day at the pool were dampened. But, miraculously there was a break in the weather. When the children got the all-clear signal, there was a perceptible shift in mood. Lots of smiling, laughing and splashing ensued.

The skies held back for plenty of time, allowing a fun afternoon for a pool full of happy Littles and a few adventurous Bigs.

Most Bigs kept a watchful eye from the deck while visiting with other mentors.

Everything came together to make it another successful event, thanks to the wonderful volunteer Bigs and hosts, the Matthews and the surprising shift in the weather.

To help children reach their greatest potential, Big Brothers Big Sisters matches youth ages six to 14, most from single-parent homes, with screened and trained adults.

BBBS holds several group activities annually, but most “outings” are individually planned by the Big, Little and parent or guardian.

Additionally, in their school-based program, mentors are paired with elementary school children who need a little extra attention in school. For more information about BBBS, call 828-859-9230.

– article submitted by Karen Dacey