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5K Run Fundraiser On Schedule for Teen Court Program

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PRINCETON, WV (PRESS RELEASE) -ChildLaw Services will be hosting the 3rd Annual "Running Wild for West Virginia Children" 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Race at Camp Creek State Park on Saturday, March 16. The race will begin at 10 am. This event will be in memory of our friend, Alex Aldridge and all the proceeds will go towards the Mercer County Teen Court Program.

ChildLaw Services is a non-profit agency that provides legal services to children. ChildLaw Services serves children who are victims of abuse and neglect, involved in high conflict custody disputes, and victims of crime. The mission of ChildLaw Services is to fight for the well-being of children by giving them a stronger voice through legal representation, coordinated planning, and policy development. ChildLaw Services also administers the Girls on the Run program in Southern West Virginia and the Mercer County Teen Court Program.

This event is being held in honor of Alex Aldridge.  A native of southern West Virginia, Alex loved this community and especially enjoyed working with children through volunteer work.  In the summer of 2010, Alex passed on.  However, "through the work of ChildLaw, Alex's dream of helping kids can be realized. By helping provide happiness and safety for at-risk kids, his spirit lives on."  In a beautiful poem, his mother wrote "…let my dreams inspire, let my fears be remembered, let my healing be promoted."

The proceeds of this event will support the Teen Court Program. Teen Court is an alternative sentencing program that offers young first time offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their crime through community service, educational classes, jury service, and more.  Teen Court is also cost-saving to our community because it is run almost exclusively by volunteers. Local attorneys volunteer their time to serve as judge, while trained teen volunteers serves as attorneys, clerk, bailiff, and jury. This program serves our community greatly by taking first time offenders and helping them turn themselves around by showing them a more positive environment.

This year Mercer County Teen Court is making plans to take 30 volunteers on an excellent learning experience in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. The proceeds of the 5k help offset the cost for this trip as well as pay for college scholarships for Teen Court volunteers.

Runners and walkers of all ages can register online at www.active.com or contact ChildLaw Services at 304.425.9973. If you have any questions about ChildLaw Services or the 5K please feel free to call or email Beth Sizemore of ChildLaw Services at mercer.teencourt@gmail.com. The entry fee is $20 before March 15 and $25 on Race Day. Registration fee will also cover a long sleeve T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top three finishers of each age group. We hope to see you there!

 

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