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Special Day at JUPITER OUTDOOR CTR for Special Kids

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A day of biking at Riverbend Park.

A day of paddling, biking, exploring and swimming at Riverbend Park brought smiles to the faces of about two dozen children from Silent Victims of Crime.

“It warms our hearts and fulfills our mission of getting youth outdoors every time we paddle the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River with groups like Silent Victims of Crime. To observe at risk youth face their fear of tipping over or encountering an alligator while generating a sense of accomplishment when finished is gratifying and makes all of our hard work at JOC worth it,” said Rick Clegg, owner of Jupiter Outdoor Center.

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JOC donated the equipment, brought in lunch and provided staff direction for the day that started at the park under clear skies at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Many of the children, between the ages of 5-17, had never been on a kayak or on a nature trail.
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One child was thrilled when Erica Heuwetter, who operates Wild Crafted Child summer camp at Riverbend Park, took them on a hike through the park. She said they were nervous at first, but nature relaxed them.
“One young man held a grasshopper in his hand for the first time. He was thrilled,” Heuwetter said.
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Such trips encourage children to look beyond their situation and look toward the future, said SVC thought leader Wes Saunders.
“This enhances their imagination. It gives them a sense of belonging,” said Saunders, watching the children work at the arts and crafts table.
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When the children finished their hourlong paddle, they returned to the JOC launch point to  prepare for a bicycle ride.
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Noting the big smiles, SVC Founder and Executive Director Paulette “Tinkerbelle” Pfeiffer said the day would be long remembered by the children.
“They learned about leaving their fears behind,” said Pfeiffer.
Silent Victims of Crime is hosting a Dance-athon  on July 31 to raise money for the organization.
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