CIS Sponsors Summer Fun Expo

Nearly 2,000 people attended the first Sandhills Family and Summer Fun Expo recently at the Elks Lodge in Southern Pines.

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. 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. We could not have asked for a better kick-off for this new family event.b

There was something for everyone at the Expo. Parents were able to find information on the summer camps and activities for their children. The kids were able to play at a free mini-carnival, including a bounce house, giant slide, face-painting, clowns, Hula-Hoops, music, golf contests and ice cream.

The African drummers from West Pine Middle School were one of the great highlights of the Expo. 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. She started drag racing when she was only 8 years old.

bKellibs race car, named bThe Heart Breaker,b 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 power.b

Published by The Pilot – July 10, 2010

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 U.S. Kids Golf Foundation. All proceeds from the event will support CIS programs targeted at Moore County Schools, including mentoring programs, after-school programs, CIS FirstSchool Garden programs and the Community Career Academy.

For more information contact CIS at (910) 295-1072 or visit