Ten youths from Kids of the Community were treated to a kayak trip down the Barren Fork River last week, the latest in the local organization’s wilderness adventures.
Putting in at Pepper Branch Park, the group headed down river under the tutelage of Kids of the Community director Heather Luttrell. Their leader became the only one in the group who took a spill during the float as she came off her kayak near Beersheba Street Bridge when the group hit some small rapids.
“The lesson was apparently well learned in that no one else managed to get into the water,” said Juvenile Court Judge Larry Ross, who is a founding member of Kids of the Community.
Luttrell and her fellow mariners were joined by volunteers from Walmart and Juvenile Court. The kayaks themselves were purchased by the Walmart volunteers and through a grant given to Kids of the Community by longtime supporters Rachel Kirby and her family.
“This trip was just another opportunity for children who would otherwise not have had this opportunity to experience fun activities that most of us take for granted,” Judge Ross said, noting Kids of the Community is in its 10th year.
Anyone wishing to contribute or volunteer is urged to contact Luttrell at 474-KIDS. Contributions are tax-deductible.