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Parkersburg's Neighborhood day - free books given to children

   Free books were distributed to more than 50 children as part of Children’s Home Society of WV’s fifth annual Neighborhood Day celebration, on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the agency’s 1739 St. Mary’s Ave. location. The event provided opportunities for families in the surrounding neighborhood to come together; neighbors to meet neighbors and to build a stronger community. The Neighborhood Day celebration is the yearly kick-off in a series of family-focused events that Children’s Home Society’s Partners in Prevention (PIP) Team hosts in its continuing efforts to strengthen families in our community and to keep children safe. The new books were made available through the agency’s newly formed partnership with First Book, a non-profit organization that provides new books to children in need. Children’s Home Society has formed a First Book Advisory Board to raise funds locally to provide book grants to other programs serving children from low-income families. Area programs serving children from low-income families are encouraged to contact Children’s Home Society to obtain grants for new books for children.
   Neighborhood Day participants were also offered information about the various programs offered by Children’s Home Society, and other community agencies. Other groups represented were Urban Ministries, Homeland Community Church, St. Andrews Methodist Church, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Family Resource Network, Community Resources and Parkersburg Recycling Center. Other activities at

this year’s event included Bingo, cake-walks, carnival-type games, free refreshments, and an obstacle course from Mountaineer Inflatables.  
   Children’s Home Society greatly appreciates the support from the many local businesses who contributed towards this event by donating items for door prizes and food items. Appreciation is also extended to Homeland Community Church for their generosity of food and drink donations and their hard work obtaining door prizes; McKinley Elementary School for the use of their tables and chairs, and the Naval Jr. R.O.T.C. cadets from Parkersburg High School who ran the games, served food and assisted in clean-up afterwards.
  An estimated 150 people attended this Partners in Prevention activity. Funding for PIP projects is provided by grants from Prevent Child Abuse WV in cooperation from the Benedum Foundation, the WVDHHR and the WV Children’s Trust Fund. The next PIP activity, Lights on Afterschool, will be held on Thursday, October 21 st at 6:30pm at the Mid Town Family Resource Center at 1739 St. Mary’s Ave., Parkersburg. The event is part of a nationwide project to bring attention to the need for high quality afterschool programs. For more information about programs and projects of Children’s Home Society of WV or First Book, please contact Steve Tuck at 304-485-0650 or stuck@childhswv.org


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