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Group wants to take kids to Kings Dominion

July 16, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A group of local people is reviving a community tradition of taking busloads of Hagerstown youngsters to a major theme park.

A three-bus trip to Paramount Kings Dominion Park near Richmond, Va., is the goal of Clara Broadus and others who are calling their effort For Our Kids Sake.

The group is seeking community support that has helped send hundreds of children, teenagers and chaperones on similar trips in the past.

"We have set up a bank account at Hagerstown Trust Co. for contributions," said Carolyn Brooks, HotSpots coordinator. The account number is 14151-8.

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In her role working with people and programs in troubled neighborhoods, Brooks said she got involved because youngsters were asking her when the trip would be this summer.

She said she didn't have the heart to tell them that the program was no longer active.

For the past 15 years, another community-based volunteer group collected donations from businesses and individuals to send youngsters to theme parks and amusement areas.

When that effort ended last summer, it left a void, Broadus said.

"I was a chaperone on many of those trips so I wanted to start it up again," Broadus said.

She said she has contacted a bus company and reserved three buses with the space to carry 140 people to Kings Dominion on Aug. 22.

Children must be at least 10 years old to go on the trip, Broadus said. It is first-come, first-served.

"Now all we need is the funds," said Broadus, who estimates it will cost about $40 per person.

Any money left over will stay in the bank account for future trips, Brooks said. Local accountant Dave Belliotti has volunteered to manage the account.

In addition to money, goods such as snacks and drinks for the trip will be welcomed, Broadus said.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this summer's effort or who wants to be included on the trip may call Broadus at 301-739-2557.

Contributions can be made directly to the Hagerstown Trust Co. bank account under the name For Our Kids Sake, Broadus said. Contributions are not tax deductible.

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