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BLOOMINGTON - Children can leave their mark on the U.S. Cellular Coliseum as part of a local fund-raiser for Easter Seals.

Ceramic tiles painted by area children will be used to decorate the "Kids Zone" concession stand at the downtown Coliseum.

Game Time Food and Beverage, the food service company for the Coliseum, wants to get children involved in the building, said Melissa Ash, public relations director for Central Illinois Arena Management.

A discussion with owners from 2 Pals Pottery in downtown Bloomington sparked the idea of letting children paint the tiles that will be used in the counter top for the concession area, Ash said.

Until March 6 or while the supply of tiles last, children can paint the tiles at 2 Pals Pottery for $30 each. The proceeds will go to Easter Seals.

Game Time President Brain Klassman said the fund-raiser is a perfect fit.

"This is a great opportunity to get the kids involved and also to give back to the community," Klassman said. "We're proud to help Easter Seals meet their 2006 goals to support the Family Assistance Fund." The fund helps families who have limited or no insurance, or limited finances, to pay for services.

The "Kids Zone" concession area is located on the north concourse of the Coliseum. It will feature food geared for children such as hot dogs, pizza, ice cream and juice boxes. The $37 million Coliseum is under construction at 101 S. Madison St. The city-owned building is expected to open March 31.

Ash said there are a limited number of tiles and those interesting in participating should make reservations at 2 Pals Pottery by calling (309) 820-1122.

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