Stand for Children

Weather moves annual event inside for hundreds of children

By Alyssa Harvey, aharvey@bgdailynews.com — 270-783-3257

Friday, June 03, 2005

Rain drizzled on Bowling Green today as the eighth annual Stand for Children made history.

The event scheduled to be held outside near Downing University Center at Western Kentucky University was moved into E.A. Diddle Arena.

This is the first Stand for Children Day indoors! Ann Grubbs, enrichment and volunteer coordinator for Community Education, exclaimed. Its not as big, but I think well be OK.

The children seemed more than OK as they gathered in the middle of Diddle to dance to the Cha-Cha Slide before mingling and playing at the booths of more than 40 businesses, agencies and civic groups. Community Education organized the event with 14 other organizations.

Jeanine Cherry of Bowling Green watched as three of her children Amy, 8, Adam, 6, and Alton, 3 looked at items at a nearby booth.

Its a good opportunity to socialize to get them out of the house, she said as she held her 17-month old daughter, Anna, in her arms. And, to find out about different organizations in Warren County.

When asked if she had liked most of all at Stand for Children Day so far, Amy replied, Nothing yet.

The family had just arrived at the event so the children were still checking out everything, Cherry said.

But it wasnt long before Adam and Alton found something they liked.

Mom, Mom…. Adam called before pointing to a table with sparkly stickers.

Go ahead, Cherry said with a smile as Alton hugged childrens book character, Max.

In another part of the arena, Kathi Hendrick of Bowling Green and her 3-year-old daughter, Lilli DeBord, waited for her preschool class from Western Kentucky University Child Care Center to arrive.

She was late to school and the class was coming here, Hendrick said as Lilli kept watching the arena entrance. Were taking advantage of the fun.

Laura Simpson, AmeriCorp volunteer with Kentucky CASA, stood at a table and talked to children as they reached into the groups bowls to get information, stickers, toys and candy. CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained citizens appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child in court. The state office moved to Bowling Green about a year ago.

We came out to let kids and parents know what we do, Simpson said. We represent and support kids.

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