Peoria Associates Bowl for Kids’ Sake
On March 26, Emily Perkins, Jessie Sarff, and Anne Mergen participated in "Bowl for Kids’ Sake," an annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois and Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters supports Woodford, Peoria, Tazewell, Knox, Fulton, Marshall and Stark counties. Perkins, a Big Brothers Big Sisters board member, also participates in the “lunch buddies” program where she mentors her Little Sister on a weekly basis.
National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in these programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are: more confident in their schoolwork performance, able to get along better with their families, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, 52% less likely to skip school.
Left to right: Anne Mergen, Emily Perkins, Jessie Sarff