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K-Staters to help throw party for Greensburg kids with starts from Disney, Nickelodeon

Thursday, July 12, 2007

MANHATTAN -- Children whose routines and social contacts were disrupted by the Greensburg tornado will have a chance to reconnect with their friends and even rub shoulders with youthful celebrities Sunday, July 15, when Kids With a Cause comes to town.

K-State faculty and staff associated with the Kansas Rural Family Helpline and the Kansas All-Hazards Behavioral Health Program are co-sponsoring the free event, which will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. in Greensburg's Davis Park.

Scheduled to be on hand are A.J. Holyfield of the Disney TV series "Hannah Montana," Chris Holyfield of the Nickelodeon comedy series "Drake and Josh," and Shauney Sherice Recke, who played the drums for Hilary Duff and now has her own band, Brown Sugar. Activities include a "red carpet relay" and a mini-concert.

Kids With A Cause, founded in 1999, provides face-to-face opportunities for young performers in film, television, theater and music to donate their time and talent at events across the country.

"First and foremost, this will be a way for kids in the area to see their friends again," said Shanna Trujillo of K-State's School of Family Studies and Human Services. "These children have been dispersed throughout the area and don't get to see one another as much as they used to.

"In addition, the crisis counseling team will have resources available for parents on what to expect and what to do when children experience trauma related to events such as tornadoes."

K-Staters involved with the event include Trujillo; Briana Nelson-Goff and Charlie Griffin, both co-coordinators at the All-Hazards Behavioral Health Program; Linda Hessman, the program's crisis counseling team leader; and Melissa Sandmann of the helpline.

The Kansas Rural Family Helpline supports the state's farmers and ranchers. The Kansas All-Hazards Behavioral Health Program is a cooperative project between K-State and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services. It supplied crisis counselors to the counties damaged by the May tornado.

Source: Shanna Trujillo, 785-532-6251, shannad@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Andy Badeker, 785-532-6415, abadeker@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.