Parents, children bowl for fun during Hearts Apart event
1st Inf. Div. Post
More than 40 parents and children enjoyed a night out during the Hearts Apart bowling event March 10 at Custer Hill Bowling Center.
Tiffany Ream, a military spouse, brought her four children for dinner and bowling to spend Family time together.
“We wanted to have fun and get out of the house while Daddy is gone,” she said.
Her daughter, Ashlee Ream, 12, competed in a friendly game of bowling with her siblings, before sitting down to have dinner with the other children.
“Bowling is a lot of fun, and we wanted to come have Family fun,” she said.
Kayla Herman, a military spouse, helped her 5-year-old, Tierney Herman, pick up and roll the bowling ball.
“It’s a great get-away because Daddy’s in Iraq, and we can spend a fun night together,” she said.
Beck Griffin, a military spouse, brought her son Nathan, 6, to play with the other children while she met new spouses.
“This program is a good way to get connected to other deployed spouses,” she said.
Victoria Cloke, 6, spent the evening with her father, Spc. Travis Cloke, 601st Aviation Support Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, who recently returned from a deployment.
“I just got back and heard about the event, and we both love to bowl, so this was a good evening for us,” he said.
Events where parents and children can get together and have fun are good for Family resiliency because it gets them out of the house and into the community, said Theresa Gale, Hearts Apart director.
“It’s great mentally and physically for people to get out and meet new and old friends with various activities, such as bowling, while their Soldier is deployed,” she said. “Staying physically fit is a huge part of Family resiliency during deployment.”
Hearts Apart is a program aimed at providing spouses with deployed Soldiers a place to mingle and meet new people, while enjoying educating and fun activities.
The next Hearts Apart event will be “Rub out Deployment Stress” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the Army Community Service Annex, Building 1020 Huebner Road, near Camp Funston. Registration is required by May 9.
For more information, call 785-239-9435.