VALDOSTA -- Kids from Southside Recreation Center spent Wednesday having fun at Wild Adventures thanks to a gift from SAFT America Inc.

Representatives from the company donated 70 one-day passes to the theme park for the kids to enjoy during their spring break holidays.

"This was a gift from us to the kids," said Kris Jensen, Human Resources manager from SAFT, a battery manufacturer. "We did this to show our support for the center and the efforts they make in the community."

Jensen said spending the day at Wild Adventures is fun and something many of the children have not had the opportunity to do.

Ten-year-old Richelle Chisholm was one of those children.

"It's a great place to go," she said. "My favorite part about the day was playing the games."

Chisholm said her favorite ride at the park was The Plunge, a water ride. The scariest, she said, was the Ant Farm Express, a family rollercoaster that resembles a bunch of tennis shoes connected together.

"It would go so fast," she said excitedly.

Constance Bell, 16, said Wednesday's trip to the park was her first as well.

"It was a lot of fun," she said. "I liked the rides, and I enjoyed the shows. I would like to go back again."

Bell, who has a fear of heights, said she refused to ride the Cheetah, a 90-foot-tall wooden rollercoaster.

"I watched it," she said, demonstrating with her hands the motion of the coaster. "But I was not getting on it."

And 13-year-old Micah Wright said visiting the park was definitely better than hanging around the center all day.

"It was a fun place," he said. "I loved the noise and the rides, especially the Boomerang (a roller coaster with six inversions)."

Wright, who describes himself as fearless, said he would love to go back again as well.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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