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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bates County Youth Advocacy Thank You

Bates County citizens have given 105 children, as part of the BCYAC Pool Pals program, the opportunity to spend the summer at the Butler Aquatic Center. 

The community has been so generous to the children of Bates County. They have reached out to children to give them a fun and positive opportunity this summer. To date this is the highest number of Pool Passes purchased for the Pool Pals Program.

This program, which started in 2006, matches donors with children who have physical, social and/or financial needs. Every year we get more children on the list. Most of the children on the list attend the Youth Center and they have to earn their pass. The rest are added to the list by the school and a variety of agencies.

There are always a lot of questions about how you get on the list and who develops it. The list incorporates children from a wide variety of backgrounds and needs. We have children who need the positive social interaction that the pool offers; others have health problems or needs for physical fitness; some have had traumatic events in their family this past year, while others are on the list because of financial needs. BCYAC does not develop the list but merely acts as the go between by finding the sponsors, contacting the families and then purchasing the passes. Each child is then asked to write a thank you note that is mailed to the sponsor.

BCYAC wishes to thank Cameron Rice and his staff at the Butler Aquatic Center for making the passes, KMAM/KMOE Radio, Mid America Live News ( Bates County Live), NewsExpress, and the following people for their generous donations: Adrian Bank, Arthur Herchen Jr., Better Homes Club, Betty Robey, Casey’s Store 1094, Citizens Bank, Community Thrift Shop, Debbie Cook, Eva Keeble, Gene and Jackie Morrison, Greg and Patti Walker, Jerry Kauffman, Jeweldine Smith, Jim Lewis, Joan Hartley, Kathy Curry, Steve and Linda Havens, Marvin and Shirley Oerke, Ruby Padley, Park Board, Shirley Hayward, United Methodist Men, Max Motors, Medicalodge Nursing Home, Nancy Hjetland, Old High School Exercise Class, Osage Valley, Peru Homemakers, Principal Financial, UMC Rachel Circle, Rich Hill Truck and Equipment, Giving Fore Living, Margaret McLaughlin, Betty Fink, UMC Circle 3. 

I am really sorry if we missed anyone. Thank you again for making the 2017 Pool Pals season a success.

Lynne McLain

BCYAC Pool Pals Chairman