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Southeastern participates in CASA's 'Give Kids Hope' at Cate Square Saturday

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Members of the Southeastern Louisiana University family will play prominent roles in CASA’s “Give Kids Hope” celebration scheduled for Saturday, April 26.

     The free party, which honors Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers  while educating the community about child abuse, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cate Square park in Hammond. The event is open to the public and will include a number of activities oriented toward children and families.

     Southeastern’s KSLU 90.9 FM public radio station will set up at the corner of Magnolia and Robert streets to present their “Guitar Hero Challenge,” a music video game contest in which participants simulate playing rock music. Contestants pay $1 to “challenge” a KSLU guitar hero with winners advancing into a face-off to determine the ultimate winner. All funds collected are contributed to CASA.

     Ticket vouchers for the Lions versus Central Arkansas baseball game that day at 3 p.m. at Alumni Field will be given away as door prizes. The Southeastern Athletic Department is donating the vouchers.

     Other events scheduled at Give Kids Hope are storytelling for children by the Southeastern Sims Memorial Library staff in the “Children’s Storybook Tent.” Fans will also have the opportunity to take pictures with Lion mascot Roomie and the Southeastern cheerleaders. Numerous other community organizations will offer information and activities on issues such as children’s fingerprinting, auto seat safety, fire safety, children’s health insurance and more.

     “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we’re proud that Southeastern is able to contribute to this community project and assist CASA in raising awareness,” said Leigh Ann Lanaux, the university’s community liaison. 

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