BBBS invites community to night of stars

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By Amber Coulter

Area residents will see stars Saturday.

What began as an event for Hardin County Big Brothers Big Sisters matches now is offered to community members.

Participants are scheduled to view and learn about stars, the moon and planets during “A Night with the Stars” at 8 p.m. Saturday at Central Hardin High School.

Louisville Astronomical Society representatives are giving a virtual tour of the Milky Way galaxy. They also plan to bring NASA-quality equipment that allows participants to view astronomical details such as craters on the moon and the rings of Saturn.

The cost is $5 per carload. Participants are asked to go to the main entrance of the school to check in.

The event is expected to be rescheduled if it rains.

It originally was planned for volunteers in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Then others expressed interest in attending, said Kevin Clark, community engagement branch manager for the organization.

“Everyone thought it was really cool, so we opened it up to the public,” he said.

Such activities sometimes are planned to give the organization’s matches something cheap or free to do together. It also offers various members the chance to mingle and exchange advice, Clark said.

Many such activities focus on promoting education and fitness in fun ways, he said.

Including the community at the event allows residents to understand what Big Brothers Big Sisters is about and why the organization’s mission is important, Clark said.

“When we engage the community with our matches, they understand that these are not all bad kids,” he said. “They’re good kids who just need someone there for them.”

Seeing the pairs together also shows community members their relationships are about more than doing homework together and providing children with mentors, Clark said.

“It’s also a friend, a confidant — just someone to look to for regular life things,” he said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.