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Empower Me, Lebanon Kiwanis Club partner to win $25K

Staff Reports • Updated May 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon has chosen to partner with The Empower Me Center, an organization that has brought opportunities to children with disabilities for the past 18 years. 

Empower Me is building a 16-acre campus that would include five different programs for individuals with disabilities. One of those will be the Empower Me recreational program, which is a year-round program designed specifically for individuals with disabilities of all ages. The amenities will include acres of green space along with a Miracle Field, an inclusive playground, covered sports court, splash pad and the Garden of Dreams. 

Kiwanis International announced the Legacy of Play Contest in partnership with Landscape Structures, Inc.  The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon submitted a playground proposal for the contest.  

Starting Monday and ending May 26, anyone can vote once per day from his or her Facebook page, and the 10 submissions with the highest number of votes by May 27 will become finalists.  A panel of judges will select the winning club, which will receive $25,000 in Landscape Structures, Inc. playground equipment to be installed in conjunction with the club’s 2017 Kiwanis One Day plans.

“Our vision is to have an accessible playground that challenges children physically, emotionally, creatively and intellectually,” said Empower Me executive director Michelle Hill. “This playground will improve sensory processing skills, physical abilities, self-efficacy and functional independence in a recreational setting. Our children do not currently have those opportunities and desperately want them. This playground will allow a child with any disability the opportunity to explore, participate and demonstrate their abilities in a fun, safe atmosphere. It will allow them opportunities for social participation with children without disabilities and improve their overall emotional state.”

To help the Empower Me Center win the competition, find “Empower Me Center” on Facebook or visit empowermecenter.com. Also visit the “Kiwanis Club of Lebanon” Facebook page or website at lebanontnkiwanisclub.portalbuzz.com to get the link to vote when the contest goes live Monday.

“Our club is extremely excited about this contest,” Kiwanis Club president-elect Beau Massengille said. “Our mission is to improve the world, one child and one community at a time. The contest and ongoing volunteering will allow us to achieve our mission with our new partnership with Empower Me. Be sure to vote and vote often, $25,000 is up for grabs.” 

The Kiwanis for Kids Charity Pancake Breakfast will be May 16 from 6:30-9:30 a.m. at Cumberland University’s Phillips Dining Hall in Lebanon. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased from any Kiwanis Club member. All proceeds will go to the Empower Me Center. 

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