After over hearing a conversation about the fact there was nothing offered in the Parsons area for those with disabilities, Tammy Michael, Project Coordinator for the City of Parsons, said to herself, “Why not?”

She, along with the capable committee of ladies consisting of:  Kim Day, Amy Owens, Diane DeLuca, Stephanie Moats, and Laura Bennett, put together a plan for ‘Special Things for Special People’ on Friday, June 15 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Everything will be set up at the Mill Race Park in Parsons, next to the splash park.
Michael said, “This is a free event (except for food) and swimsuits are required if you plan to splish-splash.
The theme for the day is  ‘FAMILY – FOOD – FUN.’  Food vendors will be on hand, if you plan to enjoy your supper at the event.
There are a variety of activities and games to get everyone involved.  Special Needs for Special People is not to be confused with the Special Olympics.
That is a totally different thing.  Our program is intended to bring everyone together, regardless of the disability, for a evening of fun.
We are trying to give those who may feel they don’t fit in, an opportunity to be in an environment where they are just like everyone else.
If we can take away some of their problems and put a smile on their face, hey…we’ve done our job.”
Micha l said, “Even though this event is free of charge.  I am asking for sponsorships  and volunteer help for the first time.  If anyone needs community volunteer hours, please call me.”
Another upcoming event, put together by this same committee, is a  Gospel Sing, scheduled for Friday evening, June 22.
The program, consisting of some really talented local singers like Holly Ash, Ellen and Ronnie Shaffer, Meg and Jim Buddingh, Mike Helmick,and the Goldenaires, will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Mill Race Park stage.
Christmas in July will be held in, of course, July. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact her at the City Hall  (304-478-2311).
She is on facebook under Tammy Greenlief Michael.

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