Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge hosted its semi-annual pool party on Sunday, April 12 at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

Approximately 20 program participants, composed of Bigs and Littles, from Hood River, Klickitat, and Wasco counties attended the event, where they splashed in the pool, swung from the rope swing, and slid down the waterslide.

Little Sister Harlie said that the best part about the Big Brothers Big Sisters pool party is playing in the water with her Big Sister Courtney. The two, matched since July 2014, had a blast playing basketball in the water with other Big/Little pair Katie and Nevaeh.

Little Brother Robert and his Big Brother James were all smiles after their failed attempts to stand together on a giant foam fish. The fish sunk under the weight, leaving the duo to suffer the same fate, only to emerge in boisterous laughter.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program of The Next Door, provides children ages of 6 and 14 with one-on-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers.

For more information, contact Justine Ziegler in Hood River and Klickitat counties at 541-490-9979 or Courtney Reyes in Wasco county at 541-993-9022.

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