Church serves up chili, spotlights SPiCE
A St. Brigid of Kildare event will add a little spice to a fall day.
The parish's SPiCE family fun walk and chili cook-off will provide a festival-like atmosphere while raising money and awareness of the Special People in Catholic Education, or SPiCE, program.
Event organizer Deidra Keiner said planners expect about 200 people for the event that is slated to start at noon Saturday, Sept. 29.
"We have one awareness event a year and that's this," she said. "We have a wine-tasting fundraiser in the spring."
The wine-tasting event is the primary fundraiser for SPiCE, but organizers expect to take in some money at the Sept. 29 family day. Funds raised will go toward items such as "classroom aides, tutors, interpreters, speech and occupational therapists, teacher and staff continuing education, classroom support materials and software, individual grants for summer tutoring and specialized programs," a news release from St. Brigid said.
"It provides funds for kids with alternative learning needs who learn in a nontraditional environment," Keiner said. "It could fund the purchase of new technology like an amplification system for a child with hearing issues or training on dyslexia for teachers ... "
The SPiCE program has helped the school better meet Individualized Learning Plans for students, Keiner said.
"We've come a long way in the past few years," she said.
The SPiCE family fun walk and chili cook-off is slated for noon at St. Brigid's green, which is the green space across from the school at 7179 Avery Road.
"There's live music and a one-mile family fun walk," Keiner said, adding children can participate in activities such as three-legged races, sack races and tug-of-war.
"It's kind of a mini-festival without the rides and bounce houses," she said. "We have three-legged races, (and) tug-of-war. Kids love it. It's good, old-fashioned fun. There's hula-hooping. It's true family fun."
The event also will offer live music from David Rice, who is a regular performer at SPiCE events, Keiner said.
Chili will be offered from two local restaurants and 15 chili cook-off entries.
"The chili is a lot of fun," Keiner said. "There are 15 chilis to taste and two local restaurants donate chili to eat as well."
After trying the 15 chilis in the cook-off, Keiner said votes are cast and a few awards are handed out.
The event is expected to wrap up at 4 p.m. so people can catch the Ohio State University football game, Keiner said.