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Karlie Place, daughter of Brian and Lori Place, spent the last year in a youth leadership program through Hershey's and Key Club. Through it, she and seven other North American Key Club students developed an event called Family Play Day.
Karlie Place, daughter of Brian and Lori Place, spent the last year in a youth leadership program through Hershey's and Key Club. Through it, she and seven other North American Key Club students developed an event called Family Play Day.

RFHS girl's Hershey's experience a sweet deal

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Seventeen-year-old River Falls High School senior Karlie Place spent the last year in a youth leadership program through Hershey's and Key Club. Through it, she and seven other North American Key Club students developed an event called Family Play Day. Place is the daughter of Brian and Lori Place. 

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"I'm really grateful for all of this," Place said. "I just know I wouldn't be the same person in the long run without it. I've just learned so much and I've been so inspired. I know I'll be able to do so many more great things with this experience under my belt."

Family Play Day was designed to accompany Hershey's Track and Field events and get everyone active, not just the track and field athletes. Family Play Day activities range from hula hoop to facepainting, and are designed to be accessible to all ages.

Place and the other students in the program each piloted a Family Play Day event. Place's was at a Hershey's Track and Field event in St. Louis, Mo. Place arranged the event through what she calls "long-distance planning" with the St. Louis Key Club, while juggling classes at RFHS, co-curriculars including gymnastics and track, her job at Yo-Joe's and her homework. 

For the full story, Please see the Sept. 5 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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