Monthly Archives: April 2013

Youth of the Month – May 2013

Jessalyn, age 7

Jessalyn attends Fidalgo Elementary. She has been a Club Member since September 2012. Jessalyn is involved in every program possible for her age group and happily participates in all activities around the Club.

 
Jessalyn

Jessalyn

     

Alisdair, age 7

Alisdair attends Island View Elementary. He has been a Club Member since September 2012. Alisdair enjoys the art program and always has a great attitude around the Club. He is often found sharing his love for airplanes with the staff.

 
Alisdair

Alisdair

     

Alexis, age 15

Alexis attends Anacortes High School. She has been a Club Member since 2005. Alexis recently represented Skagit County at the state Youth of the Year Competition. She always has a positive attitude and is a great role model for younger Club Members as well as her peers.

 
Alexis

Alexis

Homework All-star

Megan, age 11

Megan attends Fidalgo Elementary. She has been a Club member since 2008. Megan spends most Power Hour sessions helping her peers and younger members with their homework and spends every other Friday helping Education Coordinator Becky set up and run Power Hour store.

 
Megan

Megan

     

Artist of the Month

Jeremy, age 9

Jeremy attends Fidalgo Elementary. He has been a Club member since September, 2012. Jeremy’s art work captured the look and feel of a playground, following the BGCA National Art Contest theme of “Park”.

 
Jeremy

Jeremy

     
     
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Mayor Boudreau Visits Club

Mayor Jill Boudreau visits Mount Vernon Club Members

Mayor Jill Boudreau answers Members’ questions.

Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau visited the Boys & Girls Club in Mount Vernon on Monday April 29th. Mayor Jill spoke to the kids about leadership and civic responsibility. She spoke about the importance of being an active member of your community, and how every individual in a community has value, including the littlest ones like our Club Members. She then fielded questions from Members. Here are some things we learned from the Q & A:

• The Mayor’s favorite color is orange.

• Some of the kids come to the club because of the staff and the Daily Challenges.

• The Mayor has met Governor Inslee, but not President Obama.

• The Mayor has two children, and she is married to Dan.

• She was never very interested in sports, but she likes snow skiing.

• The Mayor is very busy. She does  a lot of paperwork. She gets lots of emails every day.

The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club extends a big thank you to Mayor Jill Boudreau for her support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. We all look very forward to her next visit.

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Cycling on Lopez Island

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Members enjoy a bike ride in the great outdoors of the San Juan Islands.

Thanks to the generous support of the Skagit Community Foundation, Foothills Toyota, and the George B. & Ruth Elizabeth Ferguson Advised Fund, Teen Members from the Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Clubs spent an amazing day touring Lopez Island by bike on Saturday, April 27th.

The day began at 9:00am when Members were picked up at the Sedro-Woolley Club followed by the pick-up of the Mount Vernon Club Members. We journeyed to Anacortes to catch our 10:40am ferry to Lopez Island to begin our fun and exciting adventure. Some Teens who met each other on previous TOE trips were excited to see each other again. However, for most, this was the first time they met, so they took the opportunity on the ferry to mingle and get to know each other while taking in the sites of the San Juan Islands.

Once off the ferry, we picked up our bikes which were ready for us in the parking lot thanks to Heidi and Michael at Village Cycles, and we powered through our first tough hill. We continued to travel along the east side of the island taking in the spectacular view of the ocean. After traveling half way down the island, we made our way to the western shore, then headed back north to Fisherman Bay. Members enjoyed a late lunch while listening to live music provided by the Tour de Lopez event near us. After our relaxing break we were in the home stretch and made it back to the ferry lines. Members returned home around 6:30pm exhausted from their 13 mile round-trip cycling adventure.

We’d like to give a big thank you to Heidi and Michael at Village Cycles for outfitting our Teens with the proper equipment to launch their cycling careers.

Teen Outdoor Expedition (TOE) trips take place every month.

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Positive Sprouts

Positive Sprouts

Club members help out at the Anacortes American Newspaper Garden

The Anacortes Club recently began the Positive Sprouts program. Positive Sprouts focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by educating young people on the importance of eating nutritious foods and living healthy by building and maintaining community gardens. The Anacortes Club has partnered with the Anacortes American to help plant and maintain their Newspaper Garden. Club Members join publisher Jack Darnton each Tuesday afternoon from 3:30pm to 4:00pm to help plant vegetables and flowers as well as learn about the importance of the garden and how to maintain it.

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Earth Day Tree Planting

Members giving back to the community and helping out the environment .

Members giving back to the community while helping out the environment .

Members of the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club Torch and Keystone Clubs joined efforts with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group to give back to our community and help our environment. Club Members joined other members in the community to plant over 100 trees near the river at Edgewater Park on Saturday, April 20th. Other dirty but fun and environment-enhancing jobs included picking up trash and spreading mulch. Fortunately for volunteers, the weather held out making for a day of hard work filled with wonderful memories.

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April Youth of the Month

Julissa

Julissa

Julissa, age 10

Julissa is a student at Jefferson Elementary School. She has been a member for one and a half years. She participates in a variety of activities including Power Hour, Torch Club, and SMART Girls. Julissa especially enjoys participating in the myriad Fine Arts activities and she can often be found helping staff with programs.

Luis

Luis

 

 

 

 

Luis, age 9

Luis is a student at Lincoln Elementary School and he has been a member for six months. Luis absolutely loves participating in the Triple Play programs. He can usually be found outside playing active games or inside learning about Healthy Habits.

 

 

 

Sam
Sam

Sam, age 15 

Sam is a student at Mount Vernon High School. She has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club for the past three and a half years. Sam  has actively participated in many of our outcome-driven programs such as Keystone Club, Money Matters and Diplomas to Degrees. Sam is also an accomplished artist, helping our Club enter the Blue Door Contest, and designing posters for Healthy Habits among other Fine Arts Exhibit projects.

 

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Schmooze Cruise

Come and visit us at Janicki Industries today during the Schmooze Cruise event hosted by EDASC. 

Great opportunity to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County and to tour their world class facilities.

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Schmooze Fair

We had a great time tonight at the EDASC SchmoozeFair.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by our both and expressed their support in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County and our 2013 it just takes one annual campaign

Because of you – Skagit Raises Great Kids.

Starting next week we will be announcing winners of our raffle drawings!

Thanks for all you do.

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Burlington Invests in Our Kids

Many thanks to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to give a presentation at the Chamber Luncheon today at the Burlington Public Library.  One of the reasons that Skagit Raises Great Kids is because of the dedicated support and investment we receive from so many individuals and business in Burlington.

We look forward to their continued support during our it just takes one annual campaign as we work towards raising $125,000 in order to receive matching funds of another $125,000.

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Volunteer Orientation – April 25

Chess Club

Our Chief Professional Officer gets schooled in checkers… again.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and want to learn more about it, or if you are already a volunteer and want to brush up on tutoring skills, we invite you to join us for our next Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, April 25 at 1:00pm. We will cover the material in the Volunteer Handbook, a brief history of the Boys & Girls Clubs, how a volunteer fits into our Formula for Impact, and smart tutoring practices, in addition to other topics. Please come with questions as the session will be attended by staff from our Clubs to answer any questions you may have about a specific Club and the day-to-day volunteer experience. 

The next volunteer training session will be held Thursday, April 25th at 1:00pm at the Mount Vernon Club located at 1100 LaVenture Road. RSVPs appreciated but not required. 

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please see our Volunteer page, or contact Volunteer Coordinator Lacey Stuart at (360) 417-3723 x 4 or lstuart@bgcskagit.org

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