Teens enlisted in fight against domestic abuse

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006

The LeeShore Center in Kenai is an organization devoted to helping others, but as their T-shirt design contest is under way, they are hoping to receive a little help from area high school students.

“We wanted to change the (T-shirt) graphic to something new, something fresh, and we thought the high schools would be a great place to get that,” said Barbara Waters, volunteer coordinator at the center.

According to Waters, the shirts are a big part of the center’s annual Kenai Peninsula Run For Women that takes place Aug. 12.

“Runners, walkers, volunteers — it takes a lot of people to put it on and they all get a shirt,” Waters said.

This will be the 18th year the run has been organized and it is intended to support and empower women while promoting a safe, healthy, violence-free community, according to Waters. She added that this is all part of the center’s mission to educate the public and help eliminate domestic abuse and sexual assault.

“The run is for women, by women. Helping women is what we do here, so I hope (the graphic) speaks to that,” Waters said.

Waters said she thought querying students for ideas for the shirts would be beneficial for a number of reasons.

“I think this is a great way for students to help someone by giving a little piece of themselves through art, but also it’s important to get their opinions on how to make things better,” she said.

Waters said that this sharing of knowledge is a two-way street.

“Our staff gives presentations to kids, kindergarten through 12th grade, on anti-bullying, safety, being self-aware and how to avoid domestic violence or sexual assault, and this contest is one more way to get that information out there,” she said.

The design contest will accept entries through April 12. The winner will be announced April 21 and will receive a $50 gift certificate to an area business as well as one of each item their graphic is used on, such as T-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, etc.

For more information on the T-shirt design contest or the LeeShore Center, visit www.alaska.net/ ~leeshore or call 283-9479.

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