What do you get when you add bowling balls, bowling pins and excited children of all ages? Pathways BELIEVE (Believe in yourself, Encourage teammates, Lead by example, Inspire others, Exceed expectations, Value hard work, Embrace who your are) bowling event at Dixie Lanes!

This year was the fourth year of the event. Children and their families from Carter County and the surrounding area (including Raceland, Greenup, Ashland, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Coal Branch) attended the day's activities which included free bowling, lunch and a t-shirt on Saturday, Feb. 9.

According to Ted Miller, the fun day is available for anyone age 6+ who struggles with a variety of different challenges.

East Carter high schooler Christoper Prince was one of the Carter County Youth Leadership Development Program members helping out for the day. He, Noah Sammans and Madison Rucker, all from East Carter, were taking turns helping 6-year-old Kingston Jackson bowl. Kingston was wearing out his teen helpers after throwing over 80 times and still going strong. He was having so much fun he didn't even stop for lunch.

Prince shared his thoughts on the day saying, 'I like it a lot. It is really sweet. Because of this program it gives more awareness to everyone. The families get to spend time together. The other main thing I realize it the parents feel a lot of stress when they go to places like this but when they come to BELIEVE's event they don't have to feel like that . They can just have fun. I wish there was more events like this for them to come to. It's a lot of fun.'

A brightly colored dinosaur ramp and a metal ramp helped direct the bowling ball whichever direction the child wanted. A girl in a wheelchair really enjoyed using the ramp. Her nanna commented on how her granddaughter usually just played with her iPad, but here she could place the ball on the ramp and it really gave her confidence to do it by herself.

Coordinator Shelly Steiner said that this year they doubled the attendance of last year. Over 40 families and around 70 children filled the 20 bowling lanes.

A special thank you to all who made this event possible. Area advertisers, Carter County Drug Free Coalition, Carter County Youth Leadership Development Program, Dixie Lanes, and Pathways to Bright Futures Foundation.

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