CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, will have their annual Amanda Fussell Woodman Memorial CASA 5K on Saturday, September 22. The run will take place at Trinity Baptist Church Cross Country Trail. Registreation begins at 8 a.m. Categories are as follows:

Kid’s Competitive Run (ages 5-11): 8:30 a.m.
Adult Competitive Run (ages 12 & up): 9:00 a.m.

The run benefits CASA children and is a family-friendly, fun event . So, come out dressed as your favorite super hero and have a blast at Texarkana's only 5K Colorful Run.

The CASA Colorful 5K is named in Amanda Fussell Woodman’s honor for her many years of devotion to child abuse prevention in Texarkana and the surrounding 12 counties. According to Amanda's mother and CASA community outreach coordinator, Stephanie FUssell, Amanda worked tirelessly to promote the CASA for Children program, fundraising, recruiting and training volunteers along with her support for every aspect of the program.

Having worked with CASA for many years, the agency is very near and dear to my heart. I will tell anyone, it is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences one can have. CASA is a national volunteer movement that began more than 30 years ago for the sole purpose of looking out for and speaking up for the best interest of a child who has been removed from their home due to abuse and neglect and placed in foster care. CASA advocates are appointed by juvenile court judges and are a consistent face and voice as children move throughout the child welfare system. CASA volunteers make a lifelong difference in the life of a child they represent .

For more information on the movement and/or to volunteer for CASA, call 903-792-1030. You can also attend an info session for more information. Information sessions are held are CASA for Children located at 1201 Main Street. Sessions are every 1st Tuesday of the month at 9 A.M. and 5:30 PM and every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

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