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JUMP conducts its annual banquet

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On Nov. 2 members of the JUMP program attended their annual Match Recognition Banquet. Approximately 40 mentors and their mentees had a great time taking photos in a photo booth by Grins and Giggles. They also enjoyed having awesome balloon animals created by Nicholas Geigle from GG’s Balloons and Magic.

“These animal balloons were like none I have ever seen,” said Jill Hampton, JUMP program manager. “They were so cool that even the older kids were thrilled by them. There were animal balloons, alien balloons and even ninja balloons.”

Geigle went on to perform a magic act for the children after dinner.

Hampton said the whole evening is an event meant to recognize all mentors and mentees for their part in participating in the JUMP program. It is important for all the volunteers and children to be mentioned and to receive a certificate for being a part of the program.

Studies show that having a mentor helps children stay in school, say no to drugs and keep out of trouble. The mission of the JUMP program aligns with the Elks Lodge #483 Just Say No to Drugs program. Because of this, Hampton said, the fraternal organization is able to receive a grant each year to pay for the entire evening for the children.

“Without their assistance and generosity, it would be difficult to have this event every year,” Hampton said. “The event also teaches kids social skills and allows them to receive recognition, which they might not otherwise receive.”

The JUMP program is a mentoring program that allows kids to have a mentor that acts as a positive role model in their life.  Kids need as many positive influences in their lives as possible. If you feel you could be a friend and role model to a child and would like to become a mentor, contact Jill Hampton at 765-362-0694, ext.103, or email at jill@mcysb.org.

To learn more about the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, visit www.mcysb.og or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mcysb.org.

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