Spook house raises $400 for BBBS

The effort of five Marion Elementary School students and additional volunteers in late October resulted in a $400 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County.

Jackie Rice, director of BBBS of Marion County, received a check from the students during a school assembly Wednesday.

Fourth-graders Larry Zieammerann, Hap Waddell and Jobe Corona and kindergarteners Johnny Zieammermann and Anderson Waddell spearheaded the development of the ?Scary Larry, Howling Hap, Jack-o-Lantern Jobe?s Haunted Spook House? as a Halloween fund?raiser for BBBS on Oct. 29.

They were assisted by family members and several students from the middle school and high school.

Rice thanked all of the students and adult sponsors ?for producing a fun and safe Hallow?een activity benefiting BBBS.?

BBBS has been matching children with carefully screened volunteer mentors in Marion County for 10 years, according to Rice, and has served 119 countywide so far in 2010.

Rice said research shows that kids who have a Big Brother or Big Sister are 46 percent less likely to use drugs, 27 percent less likely to use alcohol, 52 percent less likely to skip school and 33 percent less likely to use violence to resolve problems.

For more information about enrolling a child in the program or volunteering to be a mentor, contact BBBS of Marion County, 101 N. Thorp, Marion, KS 66861, 620-382-3800 or jrice@ksbbbs.org.

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