How greasy are your favorite snacks?

In 2011, Jeanette Turnier enrolled her grandchildren, Liam and Fallon, to be matched with a Big Brother and Big Sister. "I had heard good things about the organization," Jeanette recalled. "Since both their mother and father were out of their lives and I'm disabled, I felt Liam and Fallon each needed a role model... someone to spend time with, do activities with and look up to." A few months later, Little Brother Liam met Big Brother Dan, and Little Sister Fallon met Big Sister Leslie.

Dan and Liam have attended plenty of BBBS Independence Region-sponsored Match Activities, and often work on homework together. Most notably, Big Brother Dan helped Little Brother Liam with his science project last year. "The question was, 'How greasy are your favorite snacks?' Liam won first prize! I framed the photos of them and Liam's blue ribbon, and it's hanging on my wall," gushed Jeanette. After such a success, Dan planned to help Liam with his next project, which would determine what household objects form the best crystals.

Their agency Match Support Specialist reported that Liam is excelling in school. "Liam has improved in his academics since meeting his Big,” her grandmother told us. Jeanette reported seeing positive changes in both of her grandchildren since they met their Bigs. "Liam is more mature and well-behaved."

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