Easter Seals plans Fun Walk

Published 7:23 pm Saturday, April 25, 2015

Easter Seals West Central Alabama will continue to support local education through a family-friendly event Thursday.

The annual fun walk will be held April 30 at the Valley Grande Walking Track and Park at 10 a.m.

The walk is a fundraiser that supports Easter Seals West Central Alabama’s Special Preschool Education Center (SPEC). Selma Mayor George Evans and Valley Grande Mayor Wayne Labbe will be among those in attendance.

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The event signifies the start of the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Easter Seals administrator David White said the Fun Walk originated with a one-mile walk, but now it has progressed to become an activity-filled day.

“We do it as an activity for children and their parents to come out and have lunch and walk,” he said. “We just want to encourage everyone to come out and support the program.”

Program coordinator Rachel Ratcliff will give a short presentation recognizing SPEC students. Games and activities will be available for children. T-shirts, barbecue and hot dog plates will be for sale.

White said the program is the only one in the county that focuses on the needs of children with disabilities and that it relies on public support.

“It’s one of the only local fundraisers we do to support the program,” he said. “It serves children in Selma city and Dallas County who have disabilities.

The program also helps students prepare for kindergarten.”

Registration, which costs $15, will be held at the Fun Walk. For more information or to register, contact Pam Hood or Rachel Ratcliff at 872-8421 ext. 202.