BBBS take bowling to school

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April 7, 2015 8:15 AM

Alex Chippin Photo Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster brought Wii bowling to schools before its annual Bowl for Kids Sake on April 17. - Alex Chippin

Before Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster (BBBS) bowls for kids on Friday, April 17, it’s been bowling with kids at local schools.

Throughout March and the beginning of April, BBBS brought Nintendo Wii into schools, where kids virtually bowled, for fun and for each other.

“It’s a way to get the kids involved in the event, because typically they don’t take part in Bowl for Kids, and to support the programs that we run in the schools,” said Bowl for Kids’ Sake co-ordinator Jacqueline Weed, who is also the director of service delivery for BBBS Lloydminster.

“All the schools that we are in run the in-school mentoring program. So this is a way for these kids to support their friends that have a mentor or are matched in one of the schools.”

BBBS holds its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event on April 17 at Border Bowl. The organization asks people from the community to sign up in teams of four to five and to each collect $50 or more in pledges.

Weed says BBBS uses the money raised to fund year-round programs like its in-school mentorships and traditional sibling matches. With about two weeks until Bowl for Kids 2015, she says she’s very pleased how this year’s event is shaping up.

“We have 54 teams as of (April 1), which we’re really happy with. We had 65 last year, but with the economy being the way it is, I’m very happy with 54.”

Weed says that BBBSL has also filled most of the available bowling timeslots. The BBBSL staff will provide pizza for bowlers during the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. timeslots. Meanwhile, this year’s event theme features ugly sweaters.

“It’ll be interesting to see what people wear,” Weed said with a smile.

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