Special needs blowout held

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SALYERSVILLE – On Saturday the Salyersville Masonic Lodge #769 held a Special Needs Summer Blowout at North Magoffin Elementary, throwing a party for 110 special needs children and 25 adults.

Paul Montgomery, with the local masonic lodge, told the Independent they decided to throw the event to give those with special needs a day of fun.

“A lot of these kids don’t get to do anything or go anywhere,” Montgomery said. “They just get to sit at home, so we wanted to give them a day to play and have a good time. It was just a good day and it went so smoothly.”

Salyersville Kiwanis provided their train, Jim Arnett took pictures and high school students volunteered. 

“The criminal justice class did fingerprinting, putting their fingerprints into the national database so if something happens their prints will be on file,” Montgomery said.

Local hairdresser Jeana Bailey provided free haircuts, cutting over 40 heads of hair during the day.

“A lot of high school kids came and I’m just amazed by how they acted,” Montgomery said. “If there was a kid sitting in the corner not playing with anyone they’d go up to him and say, ‘oh, come on, honey, let’s go play.’ They were so good with them.”

Among those that volunteered from the high school were the cheerleaders, dance team, criminology class, as well as others not affiliated with a specific group.

The police department came and the fire department brought the firetrucks, letting the participants climb up in the trucks. Batman (Heroes for Higher out of Huntington) and Spiderman (Mike Howard) were exceptionally big hits for the kids. 

“We couldn’t have done this without the school system and I can’t brag on the high school kids enough. Every single one of them was exceptional and so many people in town came to help.”

Montgomery said they hope to be able to make the event an annual thing. 

The Salyersville Masonic Lodge #769 will be starting to raise funds for their annual Coats for Kids fundraiser, asking for anyone wanting to help to contact him at 606-424-6302, or to contact any other lodge member.

Photo by Jim Arnett