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Field Notes

Hiking the Pacific Trail
CASA of the Cont. Divide, Dillon, CO and CASA of Humboldt, Eureka, CA

Car Show Benefits Program
CASA of South Central KY, Bowling Green, KY

Program Screens Documentary
CASA of Orange County, Santa Ana, CA
CASA Coloring Book
CASA of Northeast Tennessee, Johnson City, TN

Cajun Cuisine for CASA
CASA of Terrebonne, Houma, LA

Game Benefits Program
Nevada CASA Association, Reno, NV

Coloring Book—CASA Speaks for Polly

CASA of Northeast Tennessee, Johnson City, TN


Polly is a young possum who helps children understand the juvenile court process and the role of the CASA volunteer (represented by Cassie Bear). Polly is the star of the coloring book CASA Speaks for Polly, the brainchild of former volunteer Daniel Rowland, who was named 2010 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division. Through a small grant, CASA of Northeast Tennessee was able to distribute the book to every child served. After the Young Lawyers Division learned about the book, they raised money to print thousands of copies. A local restaurant donated 5,000 crayon packets to accompany the books. “Because of the generosity of young lawyers around the state and several corporate donors, approximately 5,000 children in Tennessee’s juvenile court system will be able to use this coloring book to better understand the role of CASA volunteers and the legal system in their lives,” said Katrina Atchley of the Tennessee Bar Association. The book is available for download at tba.org/YLD/edict/downloads/casa_speaks_for_polly.pdf.


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