Monthly Archives: March 2015

Local Foresters Group provides Backpacks and School Supplies

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Distributing backpacks and school supplies to 74 youth at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club, the Foresters of Skagit County pulled through for  local kids to refresh their school supplies mid-year. While scouring the school supplies isle of the nearby Fred Meyer, Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Director, John Garman realized that supplies were limited this time of year. “Often youth have good supplies from donations or funding at the beginning of the school year, but as they near Spring, those supplies become exhausted or worn out.” said Garman. The local Foresters came to the rescue with a grant worth $2,500 to provide youth with backpacks and fresh school supplies, and the good people at Fred Meyer in Burlington joined the effort by working to maximize discounts and fill the order. Originally budgeted to impact 50 youth, a partnership with Stephanie and Darrel Hooper at Bayside Industries brought the cost down to increase that number to 74 backpacks. The supply team at Fred Meyer in Burlington cleared their shelves and the shelves of two other Fred Meyers stores to stack these packs with new binders, notebook paper, rulers, crayons, markers, pencils, pens, and scientific calculators to increase the benefit for each Club kid.

“They got the good pencils!” said longtime Club kid Paula Banda who was so excited about receiving her new backpack that she emptied the contents on the table immediately. Club Teen Jazzelle Elias exclaimed, “I was going to have to buy another cheap calculator because mine was dying and this new one is awesome. Thank you!” Elias had been concerned that she was going to have to finish her math class without a scientific calculator. 

The Foresters of Skagit County have been an incredible partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for many years. They were recently on hand at the Administration Office to help complete a mailing after the Clubs’ Annual Breakfast. When it came time to assemble the backpacks and school supplies, over 16 volunteers showed up to make quick work of the task. The the backpacks were distributed during Family Night at the Sedro-Woolley Club last Thursday, March 26th. 

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Notes from the Top

Coming soon, blog posts from our Executive Director, Ron McHenry

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Anacortes Boys & Girls Club partners with Washington Reading Corps

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From the start of school through March, our three Washington Reading Corps members have been able to provide 159 sessions of mentoring, creative writing, journaling, and literacy focused activities for kids. We have also seen a tremendous increase in Club members participating in the homework and reading program from 75 members during the 2013-2014 school year to 164 members for the 2014-2015 school year. That is an increase of 90 Club members! In the words of Amanda Rana, one of our WRC members, “Success is more than just results, it is inspiration set into motion. Inspiration begins with confidence. As AmeriCorps members, we are charged with a vision to inspire the students to believe in themselves and equip them with skills needed to improve in reading. When students feel confident about their reading they keep reading on their own time. The more practice, the more progress. We have seen a dramatic boost in reading at the Club. The daily involvement that AmeriCorps members have in the lives of the children, gives students the confidence they need to keep reading at school and at home, and the skills they need to read well.” 

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Read Across America & Dr. Suess’ Birthday

dr suess readingOn Monday, March 2nd the Mount Vernon Club joined with the Nation in celebration of Dr. Suess’ Birthday and Read Across America, a nationwide reading event that takes place every year. All across the United States, schools, libraries, community groups, after-school programs, and Boys & Girls Clubs participated by bringing together kids of all ages and with Dr. Suess books.

Club Kids read the books listed on the Dr. Suess Bingo Board to receive a prize. They also made Truffula Trees in the Art Room, participated in a fitness rhyming Relay, and made Cat in the Hat Fruit Kebabs. This event provided a way for our Club kids to participate in educational, engaging activities all while having a ton of fun! 

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Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club kids prepare the Garden for Spring!

IMG_6825The weather has been beautiful and Spring is on it’s way. What better way to embrace the sun than to get to gardening?! On Thursday, March 4th Mount Vernon Club kids donned their gardening gloves and began preparing the Club Garden beds for Spring. 

With this warm, dry weather, it was a perfect day for kids to pull out weeds and loosen up the soil for Spring planting. Some of the favorites to be planted this year will include peas, lettuce, carrots, and herbs. As part of the Club’s emphasis on Healthy Lifestyles Club kids will have the opportunity to help plant, tend, grow, and eat their garden over this coming Spring and Summer. 

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