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February 22, 2014

Big and little sisters celebrate one year together

GREENSBURG – Allison Raisch, nine-year-old second grader at Greensburg Elementary School, is the youngest child in her house.

Allison, who also goes by Ally, has an older sister and step-brother to look up to, though her brother doesn’t live in the same house. When Ally’s parents came to her and asked if she wanted to be in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Decatur County (BBBS) program, she said yes and was assigned a “big sister.”

Ally and Lori Osting will celebrate their one year mark for being matched as big and little sisters through BBBS this week. The Daily News spoke with them to learn more about their relationship and the benefits it has provided to both of them.

Since being matched, the two have met once weekly, usually for four hours each time. Lori often picks up Allison, who also goes by Ally, after school. The two then spend a few hours together and eat dinner before Ally goes home. Over the last year, the two have developed a close bond that both say is important to them.

Lori works at the Greensburg Public Library and, after picking up Ally, the two usually go there to work on Ally’s homework. When her schoolwork is done, they eat dinner and go to Lori’s house, where they play with Legos or find another way to spend time together until Ally goes home.

While being a BBBS mentor doesn’t require the big brothers or sisters to spend a lot of money on the littles, occasionally, mentors choose to treat their little siblings. In the time Lori and Ally have been partnered, they have visited the Newport Aquarium, gone to many summer reading events at the library, swam at the public pool, walked along the Cincinnati Riverfront, taken a trip to Lake Monroe and spent time gardening, painting and teaching Ally to ride her bike. Many of these events were chronicled in the scrapbook Lori made to commemorate the year the two have spent together.

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