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Match of the Month
By Nancy Coggins


July 31, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - A glimpse into "Big Brother" Blake and "Little Brother" Robert's match within Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska - Ketchikan (BBBS of SEAK - KTN) reveals a pair who has a lot of fun. Bowling and arcade games are their favorites, which may be partly because Robert gets a chance to play hide-and-seek. Also, there's that pizza "treat," and Robert sees how many hot red peppers he can eat!

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"Little Brother" Robert and "Big Brother" Blake enjoying a moment after touring the "Fire Safety Trailer" on Tongass Dock, July 4th, 2006
Photo by Nancy Coggins

If rain happens to dampen an activity, they go see a movie, complete with soda and snack. During the ads, they play their made-up game of tapping each other on the shoulder when they see double letters or numbers, which they also do while driving around town.

Robert's mother says he "can't get enough of Blake, taking him places to do their own thing. Though Robert loves his three siblings very much (he's very caring and considerate), he does enjoy spending time alone with Blake." She compliments this branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters: "They made a great match, pairing Robert with Blake, who are both quiet and easy-going."

This summer, Blake and Robert plan to go fishing and maybe even camping at Ward Lake.

During the occasions they played pool and video games at the Warehouse, Blake says, "Robert taught me quite a bit about how to play video games. He was patient with me when I didn't catch on right away."

Other adventures they've had: A tour of a Navy boat docked at Ward Cove, hiking the Rainbird Trail, going on the Ketchikan Duck Tour amphibious vehicle, and boating.

Blake says, "Spending time with Robert helps me to use my imagination. He reminds me that it's fun to play games and be silly."

"The magic that Robert puts into my life is being able to enjoy seeing the world from his perspective - he's got a great approach to life."

Sound like Fun? Join Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Add a little magic to your life. Spend time with a child and help him reach his potential. "Bigs" in the Ketchikan Community Program meet with their "Littles" two to four times a month and do whatever interests them.


Get involved. Call 907-247-3350.

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Nancy Coggins is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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