Henderson High School sophomore, Alex Ball, created this fall’s Open Bowl event, held on Saturday, November 15th at the Palace Bowling and Entertainment Center in Downingtown, PA. 90 Chester 2nd-5th graders arrived by bus at 3pm and were warmly welcomed by 98 West Chester area high school volunteers.
The volunteers were not all from Henderson High School. In fact, several lanes were made up of Rustin High School students. A few more lanes were staffed by Downingtown middle school students and one Penn Fusion soccer team, the 98 B Predators, filled 6 lanes too! It’s exciting to see kids from so many different schools participating in Foundation events.
When the Chester kids arrived they were wearing name tags indicating their name, shoe size and lane so it was easy for them to just go over to the lane and there they found some high school students waiting to get them signed onto the computer and then to get them their bowling shoes. The kids had so much fun bowling together, some with bumpers and lots of other were bowling spares and strikes on their own.
Everyone enjoyed the pizza, cake and cookies bakes especially for us from scratch by Mrs. Fay. There was plenty for everyone so that no one left unsatisfied. The music at the Palace was really fun too. It became one giant dance party with the Chester kids teaching some new moves to the high schoolers.
The Foundation depends heavily on the support of Chester parents who act as chaperones on the bus to Downingtown, at the Palace and also on the bus ride back to Chester. Ms. Rochelle Baxter is also instrumental to the success of every one of the Foundation events since she drops off fliers at schools, picks up registration forms, makes confirmation calls and handles check in at the Booker T. Washington Community Center.