Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Good News

Youths vow to make a difference

Make a Difference Day, Oct. 27, this year will have a Kids Circle of Love project involving young people in various volunteer positions.

It is a collaboration of the YouthAbility Program at Jewish Vocational Service, Project Connect and several schools.

It starts with Project Connect Kids and children at Colerain , Jacobs, Loveland and Finneytown high schools; C.O Harrison; Kings Mills; and the Urban Appalachian Club decorating and filling trick-or-treat bags.

Each bag will have eight toys, said Mary Ann Robbe, director of Jewish Vocational Services.

"We have about 500 bags donated by the Duro Bag Co.,'' Ms. Robbe said.

The bags will be presented to kids served by Adventures for Wish Kids, who have life-threatening illnesses.

"Adventures for Wish Kids provides many fun activities throughout the year for the seriously ill children and their siblings,'' Ms Robbe said.

She said bags will be presented to two Over-the-Rhine elementary schools by Loveland High School and Kings Mills. Students from Kings Mills will give a Halloween party for students at Hays Oct. 24 and students at Loveland High will give a party for students at Rothenberg Oct. 25.

Tired of watching the Bengals lose? How about getting involved in a kids' sport with lots of diversity.

Hockey KIDS (Kids in Dire Straits), a club that targets a diverse group of children, boys and girls of all races and nationalities, will have its first practice 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens, Seymour Avenue and Langdon Farm Road , Bond Hill. Mary Trimborn, a volunteer with KIDS, said kids ages 7-17 are welcome.

"If they want to play, they may call 542-1689, or just show up at the Gardens Saturday,'' Ms. Trimborn said.

"We have about 30 kids signed up, but we will take more. It costs $45 a season, but we don't let that stop us from registering a kid.''

She said scholarships are available for those who cannot pay and they will accept weekly payment plans.

"Equipment is free and we also give support services including tutoring, mentoring and life skill development,'' she said.

The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks donated use of the ice at the Gardens and also donated equipment to the club. Volunteer moms, dads and friends give fund-raisers for the club.

"Any one with used hockey equipment not being used, please donate it,'' Ms. Trimborn said.

Former Bengal Solomon Wilcotts gave an inspirational speech to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at White Oak Middle School this month.

The students, so energized, collected over 30 bags of groceries in one day for a needy family. Mr. Wilcotts is a sportscaster for CBS nationally and Channel 5 locally.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News" column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.

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