The Boys and Girls Club of West Central Missouri has already ‘begun the fun’ for the 2014-2015 school year. Click here to listen to KMZU’s Kristie Cross, speak with Communications Coordinator, Emily Jarrett.
This club is just right for the parent that wants their child/children at more then just an after school day care. “I think a lot of people know the Boys and Girls Club name and they kind of think of us as just an after school program,” Said Jarrett “But we are so much more than that. We have educational learning, we encourage creativity, and getting outside and being active. Each one of our sites is led by a site manager and several youth development professionals, so we do a lot of things at the club.”
Volunteers are always welcome, because this group is never short of members. “We’ve been back in school about a week now,” said Jarrett “And between our 11 sites, we have 1700 members, which is great because we’re always looking to add new members each year.”
Boys and Girls Clubs Leaders encourage any parent that wants their child to do something after school and not just sitting at home, to remember their amazing program. “The great thing about the clubs is we’re right there in the schools,” Jarrett said “So after the school day is over the kids don’t have to go anywhere, they go straight to their club site. Every day we start with a healthy snack, then we have power hour, which is a dedicated homework time where kids can get the help they need so they can get their work out of the way and finished. After that, youth development professionals lead them in a variety of fun and exciting learning programs.”
Contact: Emily Jarrett, Communications Coordinator
For immediate release, August 18, 2014
Back in School, Back in the Club
Fall is right around the corner and that means school is about to begin. For many area children, the beginning of the school year also means a return to the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri.
Just because the school day has ended doesn’t mean the learning stops, and our Site Managers have been busy putting together fun and educational programs designed to keep members’ minds active.
The Club’s before and after school programs are available to all school-age children, at all Sedalia elementary schools and Sedalia Middle School, as well as outlying sites including Cole Camp, Green Ridge, La Monte, Leeton and Smithton.
“After a fun-filled summer our staff are excited for back-to-school celebrations to start,” said Director of Operations Stoney Hays.
Each afternoon at the Club begins with healthy snack time and Power Hour – a special program designed for members to complete their homework and receive extra help if needed. Afterwards, members are led by Youth Development Professionals in a variety of activities ranging from playing outside to creating a masterpiece artwork to learning a new skill.
“We will continue to ensure that we’re providing homework help, tutors and other resources to help keep members on track,” Hays said. “In addition, programs such as Eco-STEM- that reinforce ecology, science, technology, engineering and math – will continue to be high priorities for us, as well as those hands-on experiences that help foster learning.”
Those interested in being a Club member must fill out a membership packet and pay a $10 annual membership fee. Cost is $5 per day or $20 for the week. Membership packets can be found online at www.bgckids.com. For more information call 826-8331.