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West End Walk offers another first for Roanoke young people

(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 14, 2016 at 6:46 PM EDT
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Wearing t-shirts that told the story, and the shoes they picked up 24 hours earlier, more than 100 children headed up 13th Street to the Memorial Avenue Bridge.

They were taking part in their first West End Walk.

For many of them, it was their first visit to Grandin Village, and their first chance to catch a movie at the Grandin Theatre.

Ian Fortier is the Executive Director of the Grandin Theatre Foundation.

"A lot of those kids a mile away at the West End Center had never heard of it, never been here before," Fortier told WDBJ7. "So the purpose was reaching out, utilizing the bridge and building a metaphorical bridge, if you like, between the West End Center and the facility."

Danny Britton is the Program Director at the West End Center.

"And it's great for them," Britton said. "The new shoes, the t-shirt, throw it all together it's an unbelievable experience."

The students were treated to popcorn, and a showing of movie Space Jam.

And they'll be back.

The theater and the center are planning three more West End walks this summer.