Sandhills Family Fun & Summer Expo A Success

April 21, 2010-Pinehurst, NCb Nearly 2000 people had a great day the First Annual Sandhills Family and Summer Fun Expo this past Saturday.B The Elks Lodge in Southern Pines was over flowing with cars, kids, parents, smiles and laughter.

The Expo kicked off early with 100 runners participating in the 5K Hoyt Kennedy Memorial Race/Walk, followed by the opening of the Expo activities.

bThe Expo really exceeded our expectations.B We had great weather, a terrific turnout and lots of fun,b said Rollie Sampson, Expo Coordinator and Communities In Schools Board member, bThe turnout really highlights the huge interest in child-focused activities in the Sandhills.B We could not have asked for a better kick-off for this new family event.b

bThere was something for everyone at the Expo.B Parents were able to find information on the summer camps and activities for their children.B The kids were able to play at a free mini-carnival including a bounce house, giant slide, face-painting, clowns, hoola hoops, music, golf contests and ice cream.b Sampson added, bAnd, we had lots of drawings for free items like kidbs golf clubs, savings bonds and golf lessons.b

The African drummers from West Pine Middle School were one of the great highlights of the Expo.B Directed by Marci Houseman, the student drummers entertained the crowd throughout the day.

Another unique activity at the Expo was the chance to meet young Junior Drag Racer, Kelli Blake.B She started drag racing when she was only 8 years old.

bKellibs race car, named The Heart Breaker, was a real treat for the kids to see.b said Andi Korte, Communities In Schools Executive Director, bKelli brings new meaning to the words bgirl powerb.b

bWe look forward to bringing the Sandhills Family and Summer Fun Expo back to the community next year and making it even bigger,b added Korte.

The Expo was hosted by Communities In Schools (CIS) and the US Kids Golf Foundation.B All proceeds from the event will support CIS programs targeted at Moore County Schools, including mentoring programs, afterschool programs, CIS FirstSchool Garden programs and the Community Career Academy.

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nationbs leading community based organization helping kids stay in school, succeed in school and be better prepared for life. For more information contact CIS at 910-295-1072 or visit our website at

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