‘Make A Splash’ gives low-income kids free rain boots


JENNY: CHILDREN OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES ARE GETTING AN EARLY TASTE OF CHRISTMAS AND IT INVOLVES FREE RAIN BOOTS. KEN: KOHR HARLAN IS LIVE AT THE HAPPY VALLEY LIBRARY WHERE EARLY LEARNING HUB OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY IS LAUNCHING IT’S MAKE A SPLASH. CHILDREN’S FREE RAIN BOOT PROGRAM. KOHR: RIGHT, THE MEGA/PROGRAM IS MORE RELEVANT AND — THE MAKE A SPLASH IS MORE RELEVANT THIS FALL BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD RAIN HERE. ALL FAMILIES WHO ARE IN NEED IN CLACKAMAS COUNTY AND HAVE SMALL KIDS ARE GETTING FREE RAIN BOOTS LIKE OWEN HAS ON HERE NEXT TO ME. HE IS THREE YEARS OLD. YOU HAVE SOME NICE NEW RAIN BOOTS THERE. YEAH. WILL THOSE BUDS ARE COOL, HAVE FUN PLAYING IN THE RAIN. OK. THIS IS CHELSEA HAMILTON WHO RUNS THE MAKE A SPLASH PROGRAM. THIS IS A GOOD EXPENDITURE IN MY VIEW OF A $15,000 WORTH OF COUNTY MONEY, THAT IS REALLY BEING PUT DIRECTLY TO USE WHERE IT IS NEEDED. IT IS WE ARE BRINGING THESE RAINBOWS TO ANY FAMILY THAT AS A CHILD ZERO TO SIX HERE IN CLACKAMAS COUNTY. , FOSTER FAMILIES, FAMILIES AND SOME SORT OF NEED, OREGON HEALTH FAMILY SPIRIT THAT CAN APPLY ONLINE, GET THEIR FREE APPLICATION. THERE A LOT OF DIFFERENT PICKUP SITES ACROSS THE COUNTY WHERE THEY CAN CHOOSE A LOCATION CLOSE TO WHERE THEY LEFT. KOHR: THROUGH OCTOBER. THROUGH THE END OF OCTOBER. LAST YEAR WE GAVE AWAY 2300 PAIRS OF BOOTS. WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAS THE ABILITY TO GO OUT AND SPLASH IN THE PUZZLES — PUDDLES AND LEARN AND GROW. JUST GETTING KIDS READY TO BE READY FOR SCHOOL, IN ORDER TO LEARN AND EXPLORE AND HAVE FUN OUTSIDE. THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET THEIR FEET WET AND STILL HAVE FUN. SO HAVING RAIN BOOTS HELPS THEM DO THAT. KOHR: GOOD JOB, NICE PROGRAM. THE KIDS ARE BEGINNING TO FILE HERE INTO THE LIBRARY YOU CAN SEE EVERYBODY IS TRYING SOME BOOTS ON AND THEY WILL WALK OUT OF HERE WHEN THE RAIN FALLS. THEY WILL HAVE A BRAND-NEW PAIR OF RAIN BOOTS SO THE RAIN DOES NOT SPOIL A GOOD DAY OUTSIDE. THAT’S AWESOME. WE’VE SEEN IN OREGON KIDS PLAY OUTSIDE IN RECESS. KEN: A NICE LINEUP OF GALOSHES THERE. JENNY: KEN JUST WANTED TO SAY GALOSHES.

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