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Remembering a special friend of the CBOT Bowlers

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The Monday Friendship Bowling League and Tuesday CBOT Bowling League received $200 donations from Nancy Barnes' estate. On Tuesday, October 2, a plaque was given to Barnes’ daughter Julie Barnes and balloons released in her honor.
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Julie Barnes accepts a plague in honor of her mother.

Julie Barnes accepts a plague in honor of her mother.

Julie with the Tuesday CBOT Bowlers

Julie with the Tuesday CBOT Bowlers

Good times with good friends

Good times with good friends

The Community Based Occupational Training (CBOT) Bowling leagues began in the early 90’s at the old Fanatorium bowling alley on Jefferson Avenue SE and later moved to the Northfield Lanes on Plainfield. At the time, these leagues were created to provide students an opportunity and an outlet to spend a bit of the money they had earned on things other than unhealthy treats. It also providing an incentive for these students to obtain and maintain paid employment necessary to pay for the activity. Today, the Monday Friendship Bowling League is open to all students who have exited the CBOT program, while the Tuesday League is open to current and past CBOT students. Diane House, a former Northkent CBOT teacher and some dedicated parents give of their time and effort to provide this valuable social opportunity to approximately 90 individuals with development disabilities.                                                              

On, Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Nancy Barnes, a parent and volunteer for six years passed away. She has been greatly missed but fondly remembered by those whose lives she touched. Nancy volunteered on both the Monday and Tuesday CBOT Bowling Leagues and assisted in multiple ways including coordinating activities, assisting students in filling out necessary forms and materials, and offering praise and support to all of the bowlers. “She would do anything that was asked of her” said Mary LeMaire, an Employment Training Specialist in the KVO/CBOT Northkent Classroom. “She didn’t like giving student candy. So, once a month, she would bake home-made treats for the bowlers. There was so much care in everything she did. If she needed to shuttle students to their homes, she often stopped to buy them lunch on the way”.

Recently, both the Monday Friendship Bowling League and the Tuesday CBOT Bowling League received $200 donations from Nancy’s estate. On Tuesday, October 2, as they kicked off the 2012-2013 Bowling leagues, there was a plaque given to Nancy’s Daughter Julie Barnes and balloons released in her honor.

The Kent Vocational Options and Community based Occupational Training program would like to extend special thanks in honor of this special individual. 

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