Monthly Archives: September 2013

Teens Attend GREAT Futures Summit

Teens & Staff played laser tag to stay physically active during the summit.

Teens & Staff played laser tag to stay active during the summit.

Last weekend, Teens from Sedro-Woolley & Anacortes attended the GREAT Futures Teen Summit held at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club.

The Great Futures Teen Summit provided a positive leadership experience where they could engage and socialize with peers, discuss relevant issues, and develop skills that support and enhance their efforts in their respective Clubs and communities.

The event kicked off with a roll-call and guest speeches by Washington State Youth of the Year, Karlee Cossette and national recording artist, Timmie Foster who their stories about how the Boys & Girls Club changed their lives. The teens then broke out into different roundtable sessions with topics ranging from Bullying 101, Building Leadership, Texting and Driving, and Planning the Keystone National Project.

After lunch there was an opportunity for the Teens & Staff to play basketball, take self-defense classes, do Zumba, or play laser tag. After the break, another round of roundtable sessions began leading up to dinner and a performance by American Idol contestant, Rocky Sandoval.

Special thanks to the Boys & Girls Washington State Alliance, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County-Mercer Island Branch, Zeeks Pizza, Microsoft Xbox, Bellevue Police Department, Ida Hendrickson, Seattle University Student Volunteers, University of Washington Student Volunteers and all those who sat on the Teen Summit Committee to make this event a success.

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La Conner FUNdraising Event

On Monday, October 7th Station House Restaurant is partnering with the La Conner Boys & Girls Club for a FUNdraising event. Station House
One-topping pizzas will be sold for $10 from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. and guests will be waited on by members of the Club’s leadership programs, Keystone and Torch Club.
This is a great way to support a local business and help provide outcome-driven Targeted Programs for kids. The Station House is located at 315 Morris St. in La Conner. 
For more information please contact La Conner Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 419-5306.
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Keystone Serves the Community

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Keystone Club makes an impact in the community.

Six members of the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center Keystone Club spent three hours volunteering at the Community Dinner sponsored by The Well on Thursday, September 26th. The Well is a church located in downtown Mount Vernon that offers free dinners to the community during the last five days of the month to help families in need and the homeless. 

The Teen volunteers helped with set-up and clean-up in addition to serving the meal. The group served over 230 diners. The Teens love helping at The Well because they feel like they have made an impact.  Matt and Cheryl Kaufman have been providing this service for several years and rely on the help of community volunteers like our Keystone Club Members to make the dinners a success.

If you have questions about or suggestions for our Service Learning programs please contact Club Director, John Garman at (360) 856-1830.

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Members Hunt for their Names


Members regularly participate in fun & educational High Yield Activities

Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Members scramble to locate their names in the field as part of a High Yield Activity called The Name Hunt. Club staff scattered letter tiles around the field and Members who found the letters to spell their name were rewarded with Club Bucks. Every time Sedro-Woolley Members participate in a High Yield Activity, they earn Club Bucks to spend at the Club store. A majority of the items available in the Club Store are school supplies, but there are some toys that they can choose from. The Name Hunt is just one way that Club staff have infused some learning opportunities into fun games. 

If you have any questions about High Yield Activities at the Club or would like to join in on the learning fun, please contact Club Director John Garman at 360-856-1830 or email

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September Family PLUS Night

Supler Family learning about Targeted Programs.

Supler Family learning about Targeted Programs.

September Family PLUS Night brought over 90 Boys & Girls Club supporters together Wednesday evening for dinner and family activities to kickoff the 2013-14 school year. Dinner was provided by Pat Grenfell and served by the Foresters Group, who have played a key role in keeping the Sedro-Woolley Club active and lively. Club Members and their families participated in a number of Club activities, such as a “Get to Know Your Staff” scavenger hunt, a Triple Play Fitness Challenge, and High Yield Activity in the Teen Center. Sedro-Woolley Education Coordinator Sundarah gave families presentations about the Priority Outcomes, Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, & Healthy Lifestyles, and the programs that we offer this year in those areas. 

Join us at the next Family PLUS Night, Tuesday, October 29th from 6 p.m.-7:30p.m. at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Club Director, John Garman at 360-856-1830 or email

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Keystone at Helping Hands Food Bank

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Keystone Club provides Teens with opportunities to make leadership decisions, engage in academic and career experiences, and serve others.

Members of the Sedro-Woolley Keystone Club assisted with food distribution at the Helping Hands Food Bank September 18th. Last school year, Sedro-Woolley Members contributed to over 1,500 hours of community service and are planning to do even more this year. Seven Teens joined Service Learning Coordinator, Bryan Reeder and other volunteers from the community, to prepare food for distribution to the Sedro-Woolley community. Through this relationship with Helping Hands, Members see first hand the people in their community that they are impacting which inspires them to help more.

If you have any questions regarding service learning opportunities at the Boys & Girls Club, please contact Program Coordinator, Shane Collins at 360-856-1830 or email

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Club Zoom in Anacortes

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Club Members experiment with Balloons in Club Zoom

The Anacortes Club has been having a lot of fun with our new program Club Zoom! We’ve explored paper roll cars with paper wheels on a ramp the first week where we discussed the importance of gravity to move the cars down a slope.  We also talked about drag and how important it was to make the wheels turn freely and with a small contact surface so the car wouldn’t slow down.  Last week we talked about fighting against the effects of gravity with our balloon rockets to the moon.  We discussed the need for thrust to get the rocket moving upward.  As the strings began to stretch after much use, the students had a chance to experience the effects of drag as the balloons did not shoot straight up, but began to ascend in very interesting patterns. This week we will be making hovercrafts with CDs and balloon energy.  We will talk about many elements of aerodynamics including drag, lift, thrust, and gravity. Club Zoom meets each Friday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 with Education Coordinator Becky Rice.

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Youth of the Month – October 2013

October Teen: Austin C. 

Austin first joined the Club this summer and quickly displayed a positive attitude and willingness to help Club Members and Staff. He is a seventh grader at Cascade Middle School and is delightful to have in the Teen Center as well as helping with the kids in the main Club.


October Youth: Sandy H.

Sandy is a fifth grader at Sammish Elementary and has been a Member in Sedro-Woolley since March of 2013. She is very active throughout the Club and is quick to help when the opportunity arises. Thank you Sandy, for all your help around the Club.


October Youth: Carter S.

Carter attends first grade at Evergreen Elementary School and this is his first month as a Boys & Girls Club Member. He sets a good example and participates in all areas of the Club. Thanks Carter for your enthusiasm.


October Power Hour Allstar: Jacenda H.

Jacenda is a fifth grader at Evergreen Elementary and just began her second year at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. She works very hard on her homework and when she’s finished, helps the other kids in Power Hour with theirs.


October Triple Play MVP: Chase H.

Chase is a second grader at Central Elementary and this is his first month at the Club. Chase is very active in our Triple Play activities and is always fun to have join in on your games.

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September Family PLUS Night

Family Night

Don’t miss out on Family PLUS Night Wednesday, Sept. 25th.

Join us Wednesday, September 25th, for the first Family PLUS Night of the new school year. Dinner and activities will be provided for the entire family. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and programs will end at 7:30 p.m. We will also announce the new Youth of the Month.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Club Director John Garman at (360) 856-1830 x43 or email at

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Youth of the Month – October 2013

Jasmine V., age 8

Jasmine attends Centennial Elementary School and she is a new Club Members this school year. Since her first day at the Club, Jasmine has had a great attitude. She is always helping Staff and even helps educate new Members about the Club rules. You will often find this young lady at the front desk checking out games.

Jasmine V.

Jasmine V.


Trent N., age 10

Trent attends Little Mountain Elementary School and he is a new Member to the Club this school year. Trent always enters the Club with a smile on his face and is eager to participate in all activities that are available to him. You will often find this young man running a tournament or teaching Members about football. 

Trent N.

Trent N.


Tyler K., age 17

Tyler attends the Mount Vernon High School and is on an early graduation track. He has been a Club Member since August 2011. Tyler has been a tremendous help this summer and during these past few weeks while the Club has been wrapping up the remodel. Tyler is an amazing role model to the Club and Members of all ages are always happy when he walks in.

Tyler K.

Tyler K.


Homework All-Star 
Julie, age 10

Julie attends Lincoln Elementary School. She has been a Club member since September 2011. Julie is in Power Hour every day working on homework and on the rare occasion she doesn’t have homework she is always spotted helping other Members, even High School students, with their homework. 

Julie W.

Julie W.


Artist of the Month
Lauren N., age 11

Lauren attends Madison Elementary School and she is a new Member to the Club this school year. Lauren was our monthly art contest winner and her work themed “My Favorite Thing About Fall” will be entered into the National Fisker’s Art Contest through Boys & Girls Club of America. 

Lauren N.

Lauren N.


Triple Play MVP
Johnathan, age 8

Johnny attends Madison Elementary School and he is a new Member to the Club this school year. Johnny has participated in every Daily Challenge activity and is always found outside for our Triple Play Programs. 

Johnathan H.

Johnathan H.

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