Tuesday, March 11, 2008


It’s time for the17th annual Fayette Youth Power Parade held the week of March 24-28 in all 17 elementary schools in Fayette County. Over 9,000 students will participate in this event which raises funds for Fayette Youth Protection Homes, a non-profit organization which offers a safe haven for children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.

Students will solicit pledges in the community and “earn” their money by participating in a daily walk-a-thon held during PE classes. The student who raises the most funds during the weeklong drive will win a trip for four to Disney World. The second place winner receives a Nintendo Wii game system. Each child who raises $25 or more will receive a t-shirt. The deadline to turn in pledge money is March 28th.

Over the past 17 years, Fayette County school children have raised over a quarter of a million dollars in the Power Parade to help children their own age who have been the victims of abuse. Fayette County School Superintendent John Decotis says, “The Power Parade provides our children an opportunity to reach out to other children in need. Through their participation in the Power Parade, children learn from an early age the satisfaction of serving the community.”

“We award some great prizes in the Power Parade but the true winners are the kids we serve at Fayette Youth Protection Homes who have receive a second chance at life,” comments FYPH Executive Director, Becky Davenport.

Fayette Youth Protection Homes operates a residential group home for school-age children known as the Friday-Johnson Home. At the home which is located in Brooks, children receive comprehensive services in a loving, home-like environment. The organization also operates a private foster care program known as Grace for Children. FYPH recruits, supports and trains a network of private foster care families who care for children of all ages.

For further information about Fayette Youth Protection Homes and the Power Parade, call 770-461-7020 or visit www.fyph.org.
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