Archive for Wednesday, May 3, 2000

THS students attempt to boost foster care

May 3, 2000

A Douglas County group that provides aid to children in foster care will receive a boost from some Tonganoxie High School students later this month.

The students plan a garage sale, a bake sale and a small carnival that will include a cake walk and face painting.

The fun will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13 at the high school parking lot. In addition, basketball players can participate in a three-on-three tournament.

"We're still in the process of thinking of more things," said Ashley Underwood, a THS junior who is among the organizers of the event.

The event will benefit Douglas County Friends of Children in Foster Care Foundation. That group advocates for the rights of children in foster care and helps provide financial assistance to obtain items and services such as band trips, art, music or dance les-sons, and uniforms or fees for team sports.

Underwood said the students chose a Douglas County agency because they weren't aware of any Leavenworth County groups that have a similar purpose.

Underwood explained that members of Debbie Holloway's English classes decided to take on the foundation as a project after reading a book. "A Child Called It" centered on the horrors a child suffered at the hands of an abusive parent.

In addition, Debi Hatfield, a member of the foundation, spoke to classes. She told students that, many times, children's requests are simple. One youngster, Underwood said, wanted a Pokeman blanket.

"A simple Pokeman blanket," she said. "A kid wanted to be happy."

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