In early September, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut hosted its annual Back-to-School picnic at Riverside Park in Portland. Close to two hundred “Bigs” (adult mentors), “Littles” (children being mentored) and family members bid so long to summer 2022 as they enjoyed an afternoon of food, activities, and happy bonding under the sun. After sampling some ice cream and trying her luck at Bingo, Little Sister Justice, from Meriden, took a time-out to pose for the event’s roving photographer. Justice is 6 and a 1st grade student at the Israel Putnam Elementary School in Meriden. She’s been matched since 2021 with Big Sister Samantha Schofield from Middletown. Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters at: www.ctbigs.org.