Adventure Bags, Inc. works with organizations that work with displaced children such as DFCS, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and teen shelters. They provide these organizations with a book bag of important items like: a stuffed animal, toothbrush, toothpaste, under garments, hair brush or comb, socks, coloring books, crayons and a journal for children to write down their thoughts so that when they do have to go to an unfamiliar place the children have some items that are ALL their own. Adventure Bags, Inc. serves counties all over Georgia and it is their intention to help provide children in crisis security and comfort. More information about this organization can be found at www.adventurebags.org.
Each year the Junior Parade features unique themed sections celebrating elements of Portland’s community and parts of every kid’s life. Everyone gets a time to shine in the Junior Parade!
The 2015 Junior Parade has two sections celebrating elements of Portland’s community and how cool it is to be a kid. In Procession of the Species presented by Laurelwood Public House, kids dress up in their favorite animal costume and roar, quack and purr. Our Best Friends presented by Mud Bayshowcases the great friendships that Portland children get to form inside and outside of the classroom.
2014 Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Nikya Hightower volunteered with the Child Advocacy Center. She volunteered for the Child Advocacy Center as they launched their 8th annual American Girl Fashion Show for a good cause. Nikya volunteered several days which included helping the girls with fittings, and two days of the show while the girls waited to hit the runway. She volunteered along with recently retired first female judge of Cumberland County, North Carolina, Beth Keever. She really enjoyed talking with the girls before the show. 2014 Miss North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Amaris was a participant in the fashion show.
Nikya Hightower, 2014 Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen has been busy around town! Nikya was very excited to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade and she really enjoyed her ride! She also enjoyed cheering on everyone as they crossed the finish line while volunteering for the ALS walk at Methodist University in her hometown of Fayetteville, NC. She was joined by her sister queen 2014 North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Amaris Shipman.
Dear amazing contestants:
I have done so much since becoming Miss Georgia Junior Preteen Queen. I volunteered to play the harp at the DeKalb County festival, a back to school news expo and the Ronald McDonald House. It was so much fun meeting several public officials. I served food at Tour de Pink, a race that raises money for breast cancer. It was so much fun volunteering and spending time with elderly. I even let the elderly (including the men) try on my crown.
Being Miss Georgia has meant so much to me. I was proud to represent Georgia and I was so happy that Senator Isakson blogged that meeting me as Miss Georgia made his day. National American Miss has given me so much confidence and many opportunities. I hope it does the same for all of you.
I wish all of you the best of luck while you are competing. I hope you make many new friends, have a lot of fun and enjoy the experience. Always remember that you don’t need a crown on your head to be a queen.
Gabriela Norwood, Georgia Jr. Pre-Teen Queen
Gabriela Norwood, Miss Georgia Jr. Pre-Teen, visits the Yellow Brick House. The Yellow Brick House is a Quality Assisted Living For Seniors. Their mission is to serve seniors in a safe, comfortable, pleasant homelike environment where they may live with security, dignity and courtesy and family members have peace of mind knowing their loved one is cared for by well trained and attentive staff.