Do you remember the butterflies in your stomach as you reached your hand tentatively toward your date’s, hoping against hope that your dress wasn’t clinging in the wrong places or your tux wasn’t wrinkled?  These are the things that an annual high school Homecoming Dance are made of, and the teens at A Kid’s Place were able to experience this firsthand as they embarked on their first formal event.
Dress shirts were pressed, shoes were polished, and ties were twisted into place as the boys took 20 minutes to get ready.  Of course for the girls, hours were spent ensuring that every curl lay evenly against their perfectly made up faces, each finger and toe painstakingly manicured and the ensemble pristine from foundation to frock.  Brings back memories, doesn’t it?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; you’ve heard that before, haven’t you?  Charles Caleb Colton coined the phrase in the 1800’s, but it still proves true today.  For children living in foster care, the chance to look and feel “normal” is huge; they just want to be like their friends.  Foster children want to dress like the other children at school and experience things like football games, high school dances, and Sunday matinees.  Thanks to community groups who have provided off-site experiences like this for our children, we have been able to offer: 

  • Bowling
  • Laser tag
  • AMC movies
  • Horseback riding
  • Canvas painting
  • Blueberry picking
  • Grand Prix racing
  • Fun on the farm
  • Tennis lessons
  • Roller skating
  • Baseball clinics
We couldn’t offer these opportunities to our children without the generous support of community groups who host these events and we are grateful to partner with so many charitable groups who provide these fun experiences!  We are always looking for ways to keep our kids entertained and offer them the chance to experience the things their friends at school talk about; if you would be interested in helping in this way please contact us.  It’s a great way to give back, and the adults have just as much fun as the children do!

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