Monthly Archives: October 2013

Toys for Tots & Coat Drive

Toys for Tots

Donate to make sure every child has a toy to play with this fall.

Torch Club at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club is holding a Toys for Tots and a Coat Drive for our National Family Week. The toys will be given to children in need during the holidays to bring a smile to their face and the coats will be donated to Skagit Community Action to help the people in need in our community. 

It’s easy to participate. Just bring your gently used toys and coats to the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club during the month of November. Thank you for your generosity.

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MV Family PLUS Night

October Family Plus Night at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club.

October Family PLUS Night at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club.

The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club celebrated its October Family PLUS Night with 85 Club Members and their parents. Families enjoyed a pizza dinner while participating in the pumpkin carving activity, a pool tournament, and a no-hands pudding eating contest. At the end of our fun filled evening we talked about trick-or-treat safety, and finally, we all said goodbye to our Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator, Naomi Segueda, who is pursuing her career in the health profession.  

The next Family PLUS Night will take place on Thursday November 21st. 

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LC Kids Go Power Snacking

Healthy Habits Fit Club

Members taking a break from making trail mix during a session of Fit Club

This week in the Healthy Habits Fit Club, new Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator Leah Vazquez, and Healthy Lifestyles Assistant, Taysha James brought in examples of healthy and not-so-healthy snacks and quizzed Members on which ones were which. Powdered donuts, greasy french fries, and fried chicken squared off against unsalted  popcorn, organic apple slices and baby carrots in an epic battle to be digested by Club Members. In the end, the healthy options won out, and Members were rewarded with the opportunity to create their own signature trail mix that they could take home and share with their families.

Members were challenged to spot the healthy versus not so healthy snacks. (baby carrots, powdered donuts, unsalted popcorn, potato chips, organic apple slices, french fries, and fried chicken)

Members were challenged to spot the healthy versus not so healthy snacks (baby carrots, powdered donuts, unsalted popcorn, potato chips, organic apple slices, french fries, and fried chicken).

Healthy Habits Fit Club is a portion of the “Mind” component of Triple Play, and its goal is to encourage our Members to eat smart and maintain physical activity as a way to improve their overall health and well-being.

Healthy Habits Fit Club will teach Club Members about the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity, equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to adopt healthier habits and encourage them to take small steps toward positive behavior change. 

Healthy Habits Fit Club meets every Fridays  from 4:30pm-5:00pm  If you are interested in signing up your Member for this great way to achieve Healthy Lifestyles, please contact Leah Vazquez or Program Director Annie Webb.

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Youth of the Month – November 2013

Morgan, age 7

Morgan attends La Conner Elementary. She has been a Club member 2012. Morgan is always ready to share her smile with everyone around her.

 
Morgan

Morgan

     

Will, age 9

Will attends La Conner Elementary. He has been a Club Member since 2010. Will is extremely creative and is always down to share his drawings with his peers. He can always be found in the Learning Center with his nose in a good book.

 
Will

Will

     

Josue, age 11

Josue attends La Conner Middle School. He joined the Club this school year. Josue has been a great addition to to the Teen Program, participating in activities and recruiting his friends to come to the Club.

 
Josue

Josue

     
     
     
     
     
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Youth of the Month – November 2013

Madison C., age 9

Madison attends Jefferson Elementary School and has been for one and a half years. 

Madison has been a great role model since she started coming to the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. She is responsible, respectful, and always willing to help out.

You will often find Maddy at the front desk helping to check in and out games.  

 
Madison C.

Madison C.

     

Kaleb F., age 11

Kaleb attends Jefferson Elementary School and has been a Member for one year and two months. 

Kaleb started out at the Sedro Woolley Club and has always been a very outgoing kid. The moment he started coming to the Mount Vernon Club Kaleb did not hesitate to meet new people and engage himself in every activity possible. 

You will often find Kaleb playing tournaments in the game area or doing the art project of the day. 

 
Kaleb F.

Kaleb F.

     

Anthony M., age 14

Anthony attends La Venture Middles School and became a Member this school year. 

Anthony has been a positive role model for all the Youth Members at the Club. He is often found helping out with Triple Play activities and keeping the kids active and engaged. He also participated in the making of the Zombie 5K viral video and is always eager to sign up for community service projects. 

 

 

 
Anthony M.

Anthony M.

Power Hour Pro 
Rosemary F.
, age 10

Rose attends Jefferson Elementary School and has been a Member for one year and two months. 

Rose always speed walks straight to Power Hour the minuet she arrives at the Club. “Homework first then art” she says when she picks up her daily snack. 

Rose also helps out the younger members with their homework if there isn’t a pressing art project she must be apart of. 

 
Rose F.

Rose F.

     

Artist of the Month 
Kira W.
, age 6

Kira attends Jefferson Elementary and became a Member this school year. 

Kira has been experimenting a lot with art this month and has found that she enjoys being creative. Her favorite art program is the Fiskar’s Artist of the Month program which she is determined to win one day. 

 
Kira W.

Kira W.

Triple Play MVP
Scott S.
, age 8

Scott attends Madison Elementary School and has been a Member for two years and one month. 

Scott has broken out of this shell these past few months. His attention would always be driven to tournaments or computer lab activities nevertheless, this year he has been rocking it outside.

He is often found getting other kids excited about going outside to play. 

   
     
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Happy Halloween from BGCSC

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

Its Halloween! Families all across Skagit County are preparing for a night of costumes, trick-or-treating, and FUN! Here are a few tips from your local Boys & Girls Club to have a fun and SAFE Halloween Holiday.

1. Plan a route in advance.

Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.

2. Wear comfy shoes.

Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.

3. Stay well-lit.

Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight with you to keep your child’s path lit at all times.

4. Make sure all costumes are short.

Long costumes that drag on the ground can be dangerous, especially at night. After purchasing your child’s costume, make sure it’s an appropriate length, and hem anything that’s too long to avoid tripping.

5. Avoid masks.

Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask altogether and use non-toxic make-up to complete the costume instead.

6. Use flexible props.

Try to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. But if your child’s costume won’t be complete without a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends.

7. Check your child’s candy.

When sorting through candy at the end of the night, be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened.

 

Happy Halloween from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County!

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Youth of the Month – October 2013

Ellie, age 8

Ellie attends La Conner Elementary. She just became a Member this school year. Ellie brings a positive attitude and great sportsmanship to the Club. Her favorite activity at the Club is Daily Challenges.

 
Ellie

Ellie

     

Tadhg, age 7

Tadhg attends La Conner Elementary. He has been a member since 2012. Tadhg can be found in every Triple Play game and Tournament and always looking for ways to earn more Club Bucks and help staff with games.

 
Tadhg

Tadhg

     

LaShay, age 14

LaShay attends La Conner Middle School. This is her second year attending the Club. LaShay is an active member of the Keystone Club and volunteers around town multiple times a week.

 
LaShay

LaShay

     
     
     
     
     
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SW Ghosts and Goblins Dance

Cascade Middle School students dressed up and having fun

Cascade Middle School students dressed up and having fun

On Friday, November 1st the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center will have it’s 2nd annual Ghosts and Goblins Dance. Members and guests will be invited to enjoy music, dancing, games and food. The dance will take place during normal Teen Night hours, 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Cascade Middle School students who are attending the Harvest Dance are welcome to come to the Ghosts and Goblins Dance afterwards. Admittance is free for Club members and $3 for non-members ($1 off for each canned food item brought as a donation). Pizza and soda will also be offered at $3 a slice and $2 a soda. 

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Youth of the Month – November 2013

Harleigh L., age 9

Harleigh attends Fidalgo Elementary. She has been a Club member since 2012. Harleigh has a great attitude at the Club and is always ready to share her smile with everyone around her.

 
Harleigh

Harleigh

     

Nate K., age 11

Nate attends Fidalgo Elementary. He has been a Club member since September. Nate has great sportsmanship at the Club and is always making sure that each Club member is treated fairly by their peers.

 
Nate

Nate

     

Elijah D., age 12

Elijah attends the Anacortes Middle School. He has been a Club member since 2007. Elijah has been a great addition to the Teen Center, participating in activities and helping around the Club.

 
Eli

Eli

Homework All-Star
Alisdair H.
, age 7

Alisdair attends Island View Elementary. He has been a Club member since 2012. Alisdair has been coming to Power Hour each day and working hard to complete his homework with the help of volunteers and his peers.

 
Alisdair

Alisdair

     

Artist of the Month 
Ainsley W.
, age 8

Ainsley attends Mt. Erie Elementary. She has been a Club member since September. Ainsley has been having a great time in the art room, working hard on drawings created with colored pencils and crayons.

 
Ainsley

Ainsley

Triple Play MVP
Kloee B.
, age #

Kloee attends Fidalgo Elementary. She has been a Club member since 2011. Kloee has been participating in all Daily Challenges at the Club, finding a spot for herself on the Club Records board in three categorys: Distance Run, Ladders, and Stop & Gos.

 
Kloee

Kloee

     
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ImageMakers Gets First Exposure

ImageMakers

Morgan and Ellie reviewing some of the shots they captured during their fist session of ImageMakers

This week at the La Conner Club, 12 Members signed up to participate in the ImageMakers National Photography Program. Led by Arts & Technology Assistant Audrey Kramer, Members learned the basics of digital photography, proper lighting, and the joy of capturing great moments.

The group went around the school district campus, taking shots of the La Conner High School varsity football squad preparing for their homecoming game. They also sat in on a relay race facilitated by Health & Life Skills Assistant, Taysha James and practiced taking action shots. The young photographers wrapped up their session by taking pictures of the beautiful fall leaves in front of the school district offices. 

Club Member Eliza posing in front of the La Conner Club mural for Morgan and Ariel

Club Member Eliza posing in front of the La Conner Club mural for Morgan and Ariel

ImageMakers is a national Targeted Program that teaches youth the art and science of photography. It includes the ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has a rich, 50-plus-year history in Boys & Girls Clubs, and the photography category of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Digital Arts Festivals in which La Conner will participate.

ImageMakers runs every Tuesday & Thursday from 4:00-4:45pm.

For more information about ImageMakers or any of our Arts & Technology programs, please contact Program Director Annie Webb or Audrey Kramer at 360-466-3672.

 

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