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Special Projects

There are times that Family Connection recognizes a special  need in our community and works collaboratively with community partners to meet that need.  These are our special "one-time" projects.

by Emily Kitchens
Buddy Bench Project
Costumes with a Cop

LCHS Alums and sisters, Emily & Lisa Kitchens are two of our community's shining stars.  Both sisters received their BFA from the University of Evansville and their MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre.  

Emily wrote the play RAFT and it was produced by  The Group Lab. RAFT was selected to be performed at the renowned Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland in the Fall of 2015.

In July, 2015, an effort to showcase our love for Emily & Lisa, and in memory of their beloved mother, Laura; Family Connection partnered with several local Fine Arts Fans to host a one-time performance of RAFT on the Robert A. Clay Auditorium Stage.  Our efforts raised nearly $10,000 to support The Group Lab as they made their adventure to Scotland and the Edinburgh Theatre Festival.

The Buddy Bench concept was developed by a young elementary age student, Christian, and fostered by his school principal.  "The Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground."  


Christian's desire is to spread the message of inclusion and kindness.  For more information about the Buddy Bench, visit

Lee County Family Connection, in partnership with Lee County Pre-K, Lee County Primary, Kinchafoonee Primary, Lee County Elementary and Twin Oaks Elementary to raise funds to purchase 11 Buddy Benches for our playgrounds.

Thanks to our wonderful community, we were succcessful!  

Buddy Benches were installed during the summer of 2016!

Lee County Family Connection, Inc. partners annual with the Lee County Sheriff's Office for "Costumes with a Cop".

This program allows children in our school system to shop one-on-one with staff from the Sheriff's Office to purhcase a new Halloween Costume.

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