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'You develop a relationship with them'

March 29, 2001

'You develop a relationship with them'



Since Tod Parrish joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle two years ago, his fun has doubled.

His first Little Brother was Troy Robinson, 10, a third-grader at Widmyer Elementary School near Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

They got together on Saturdays to play arcade games - which Troy says he usually wins - went to Hagerstown Suns games and fishing. They also have gone camping, where they roasted hot dogs and marshmallows together.

Then Troy went away for a while and Parrish was given another "Little," Robert Staliper, 8, a second-grader at Bedington Elementary School in Bedington, W.Va.

Parrish and Robert have been getting together for a month to build a soap box derby car in Parrish's basement. They went to a soap box derby class, where Robert was taught how to safely drive his red creation.

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Then Troy came back. So Parrish has two Little Brothers, who happen to be cousins.

"It'll be more fun now," Parrish says. "They like about the same stuff."

"We all three play basketball," says Robert, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Parrish has enjoyed getting to know his two "Littles."

"You develop a relationship with them," says Parrish, who works for the City of Martinsburg. "They show you something they did good at school," like pictures they created.

The boys are fond of Parrish.

"It's fun," Robert says. "It IS fun," agrees Troy, of Hedgesville, W.Va.

"My friends want a Big Brother, too," Robert says.

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