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Soap Box Derby Brings Adventure to Children with Special Needs

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RICHLAND, WA - A portion of Lee Boulevard in Richland was transformed into a race track Saturday for the 3rd Annual Challenge Soap Box Derby.

Dozens of children flew down the hill, between Richland High and Carmichael Middle Schools, in special derby cars from Life Enrichment Operations, based out of Issaquah, Washington.

The Richland Kiwanis Club partnered with the Arc of Tri-Cities and several other local agencies to give children with special needs the opportunity to have a little bit of adventure.

"They're two seater cars and the driver drives and the special needs kids got a wheel that's not hooked up," said Henry Stevens, the co-chair for the race. "So, they have a lot of fun and they think they're driving too."

Each child was awarded a certificate for finishing the race. Organizers say the success of the event is measured in smiles from the children and the cheering crowds. 

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