Wet, fun day for students at Kings Island 

Fifty FamiliesFORWARD After-School Program students dodged some rain, and maybe even got a little wet, as they enjoyed a day of rides, food and fun June 26, 2018, at the 111th annual AAA Children’s Outing at Kings Island.

The third-through-fifth-graders, accompanied by a dozen FamiliesFORWARD staff members and chaperones, experienced the rides, shows and a picnic at the park.

The event, which began in 1907 as a picnic and car ride at Burnet Woods for 850 underprivileged children, is funded by donations from AAA members and others. The outing took place at the Cincinnati Zoo and Coney Island before moving to Kings Island in 1975, according to the amusement park’s website. Typically, more than 1,500 children from across Greater Cincinnati participate each year. FamiliesFORWARD has participated in the event for more than 15 years.

The students rode buses to and from the amusement park.

FamiliesFORWARD students who participated:

Bond Hill Academy: Camron Brooks, Kaylena Burnett, Jaela Collins, Jada Crutchfield, Te'asia Deloach, Tyrese Deloach, MaKayla Gibson, Namir Johnson, Kori McKinney, Lauren McKinney, Chrisieyona Patterson, Amirah Phillips, Keyon Ray, Mya Rickerson, Rommello Townsend, Jhair Washington, Tiara Washington, Kevin Watkins, Aden Willis and Aniyah Willis.

Carson School: Brooklyn Allen, Rama J. Alwawi, Taib Boone, David Cornelison, Jaleah Foster, Jeri Lee Foster, Adams Gonzales, Frisdy Gonzales, Kimberleigh Hogan, Mohammad Kouyate, Esmerelda Lopez, Elder Lopez-Cabrerra, Heidi Lopez-Cabrerra, Deleah Metts, Draye Napo, Beyance Salgado-Ramos, Abdul Kamme Toure, Kyvin Velasquez, Allana Williams and Malik Williams.

Hays-Porter School: Ronreco Branham, Makiya Harrold, Kiaysha Jeter, Boka Loundou, Jirla Loundou, Anyia Todd, Titi Tomboli, Ric'kyah Willis, Kembryanna Williams and Savion Willis.