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Vine Grove Optimists sponsor day of nonviolence Saturday

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By Joshua Coffman

By JOSHUA COFFMAN jcoffman@thenewsenterprise.com VINE GROVE — The Vine Grove Optimist Club will sponsor an event Saturday to help kids avoid violence and stay safe. Starting at 10 a.m. at Optimist Park, the Day of Non-violence will feature rides, games, races, magic and food. But its larger focus will be on obeying the law and curbing violence, said Amy Pickerell, chief financial officer for the Optimist Club. “It’s about the kids having a good time and getting the parents out to get the information,” she said. Coloring books featuring McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, will be handed out along with literature on school safety, Internet safety, anti-bullying and saying no to drugs.    Pickerell said, though she is unsure if violence in homes and schools is on the upswing, more is certainly heard about it in the media. Other local civic groups will be on hand to present safety information to families. The event stems from a 1970s-era program started by Optimists International called Respect the Law. This marks the 12th year for the Day of Non-violence; the theme this year is “These Hands are Made for Helping, not Hurting.”   First graders from Vine Grove Elementary will carry flags in an Olympic-style ceremony. Each of the classes at the school took part in designing the flags. There will also be a karaoke contest and bicycle rodeo. The event is free except for food. “Come out, get the information, and have fun doing it,” Pickerell said.   Joshua Coffman can be reached at (270) 505-1740.