Monthly Archives: April 2015

Earth Day Family Night

Family Night

On Wednesday, April 22nd the Mount Vernon Club celebrated Earth Day with a fun filled Family Night.  Master Gardener Emma Davis and Lisa Ellis joined us to share their knowledge with parents and Club kids about composting and gardening and parents and Club members planted seeds to take home for their own gardens. Families also made Garden Markers by repurposing paint stir sticks and  everyone enjoyed “Dirt Cups” for dessert. Thank you to Papa Murphy’s for providing pizza for dinner and to Lowe’s and Valley Farm for providing supplies. 

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Youth of the Month – April 2015

Alysa, age 9

Alysa attends Centennial Elementary School and is in her second year at the Club.  Alysa participates in all different types of activities at the Club.  She can be found helping out with snack, in the Art Room, in the Gamesroom or in Learning Center.  

 
Alysa

Alysa

     

Manuel, age  7

Manuel attends Centennial Elementary School and is in his first year at the Club.  He has fantastic manners and has one of the highest attendances at the Club this year.  Manuel’s favorite thing to do while here is play with the Marble Run.

 
Manuel

Manuel

     

Artist of the Month 
Jenise, age 7

Jenise attends Lincoln Elementary and has is enjoying her second year at the Club.  She loves spending time in the Art Room and enjoys decorating her projects with bright, bold colors.   Jenise hopes to become a spy when she grows up.

 
Jenise

Jenise

Homework All-Star
Emma
, age 10

Emma attends Little Mountain Elementary School and is in her first year of membership at the Club.  Emma heads straight to the Learning Center upon arriving at the Club to get started on her homework.  She also has great behavior and enjoys reading and board games such as The Game of Life.

 
Emma

Emma

     

Triple Play MVP 
Jackie, age 7

Jackie attends Little Mountain Elementary school and has been a member of the Club for two years.  Jackie has loads of athletic talent and, more importantly, a great attitude when out on the field.  Jackie’s favorite sport is soccer.

 
Jackie

Jackie

     
     
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Morning Program available in case of School District Closures

We will open the Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon Clubhouses for special services related to upcoming changes to respective School District calendars. Once dates are released, sign-ups will be available at both locations for service that will begin at 7:00am. A $20 fee per child will be collected to cover the cost of additional staffing and supplies for the time from 7:00am to 2:30pm when Clubs would normally open for the day. Parents should contact their local Club immediately to reserve one of the limited spaces. Families that are not currently members of a Club can still have children participate by filling out a brief form and reserving space; first-come, first-served. It is our intention to serve all families needing a safe, fun, and positive place for their kids to go in lieu of their regular school day, though staffing limitations may result in enrollment caps. Some scholarships are available for families to assist with the extra fee. For more information, please call 360-419-3723 and follow the prompts to be connected to your local Club.

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We got schmoozed!

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It was my first SchmoozeFair, and I wasn’t quite sure what I should expect. Our veteran staff had attended in the past, and so I wasn’t completely caught off-guard. I just knew that we had a story to share with Skagit County, and with all of our recent successes, we wanted to celebrate and have a larger presence than the organization previously had.

If you attended the event, you know it was nearly impossible to get away from a sea of our staff in their bright Club shirts. We filled the aisle outside our booth, welcoming everyone, and our staff floated throughout the event, increasing our exposure. Beyond a simple means of increasing our brand awareness, the event also served as some important bonding time for our staff members. Having so many community members stop by and share with us their own view on the importance of Clubs in Skagit County really boosted spirits. We also made many new friends. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our drawing for two tickets to the Keys for Kids event in June. Joshua Anfinson was our lucky winner!

Be sure to look for us again this fall at the Skagit River Salmon Festival on September 12th, on the grounds at the Swinomish Casino & Hotel. We’ll be hosting the KidZone, engaging youth through a variety of activities to encourage conservation and a greater understanding of our impact on the environment.

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The Competition Continues for the Brave Heroes Torch Club

The Brave Heroes Torch Club based out of La Conner is currently taking part in a national environmental challenge sponsored by Samsung. The Climate SuperStars Environmental Challenge started March 1, 2015 and will end on April 19, 2015. This challenge enabled Brave Heroes Torch Club members to demonstrate their leadership, creativity and teamwork skills while caring for the environment.

Each week, a new set of tasks is released and Club members have to complete them. Examples of the tasks were to take a climate change expedition, learn about vampire power, and even plant a tree! After completing each task, Club members have to submit a report on what they learned and provide evidence of completion. Each round of this Challenge last two weeks and at that point Clubs that are atop the national leaderboard are eligible to win some fantastic prizes. After Round two ended on March 30th, The Brave Heroes were awarded a Samsung 8.1 Soundbar, approximate retail value of $750.

The Brave Heroes Torch Club will continue to complete more tasks. The final round ends on April 19th. Torch Club with the greatest number of eligible accumulated total points at that time will be the grand prize winner. The next ten Torch Clubs with the greatest number of eligible accumulated total points at that time will be the first prize winners. In case of a tie, the judges will decide the winner based on the overall quality of that Torch Club’s submissions across all of their tasks.

The grand prize winning Torch Club will receive for their Club, Samsung Energy Star® qualified home appliances and Samsung consumer electronics, approximate retail value of $25,000. If the Brave Heroes are awarded the grand prize, Torch Club Advisor and Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon will work with Samsung to determine the appropriate Club needs. Out of the 220 Clubs registered to take the Climate SuperStars Environmental Challenge, the Brave Heroes sit in second place behind Mt. View Torch Club of Bristol Connecticut. What’s special about this is that both of these Club have been pen pals since October, well before the Challenge begun!

How you can support the Brave Heroes efforts? They are hosting an Earth Day Party on Monday, April 20th at 5:30pm. This event will be free and open to the entire community. There will be themed crafts and activities led by both Brave Heroes Torch Club members and Club Staff.

For more information about the Brave Heroes Torch Club or any other program that promotes Good Character & Citizenship, please contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 419-5306

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Spring Break was a Blast at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club

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All four Skagit County Clubs were recently open for a morning and evening program for every day of Spring Break for the first time in the Club’s history. At the Sedro-Woolley Club, kids took advantage of the March weather by constructing their own kites and then made a go at trying to fly them. The Sedro-Woolley Club saw a wider range of age groups joining in springtime fun. The kids engaged in building challenges, cooking projects, and finished the week strong by making a “Thank You” poster for long-time supporter, Dwayne Lane’s North Cascade Ford in Sedro-Woolley. When the Club members delivered the poster, the employees were very surprised to see all the happy kids and took them on a tour of the dealership. As a reward for their enthusiasm and helpfulness all week long, volunteer Kathy Roll made cupcakes with the kids. Overall, Spring Break at the Club flew by too fast because everyone was having so much fun. Now that the Break is over and the school year is on the home stretch, the numbers of kids attending the Club have greatly increased and the Sedro-Woolley Club is pleased to be in position to accommodate the anticipated need this Summer when school is out again. 

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Youth of the Month – April 2015

Hunter E., age 10

Hunter attends Island view Elementary and just rejoined the Club after a year away. We are so excited to have Hunter back with us, sharing his great sense of humor, smile and good sportsmanship. 

 
Hunter

Hunter

 

     

Sarafina D., age 10

Sarafina attends Discovery in Anacortes and became a Club member this past January. Sarafina’s smile radiates through the Club daily. She is constantly expressing her giving spirit with crafts created for fellow members and staff members. 

 
Sarafina

Sarafina

     

Jakob R., age 15

Jakob attends Anacortes High School and has been a Club member since 2006! The Club is so lucky to have a teen like Jakob who is constantly taking the lead in gym games and teen activities. Jakob is a great role model for younger Club members. 

 
Jakob

Jakob

     
     
     
     
     
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Club Kids Help Clean up Kulshan Trail

MV Trail Clean-upOn Thursday, April 2 Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club members helped serve their community by spending the afternoon doing litter clean up. Club members visited the Kulshan Station and worked with Mount Vernon Police Department’s Officer Serrano to clean up the Kulshan Trail. Youth were equipped with gloves, garbage bags, and litter grabbers and worked together in teams of two, beginning at the Kulshan station and ending where the trail meets Waugh Rd. 

Not only did Club members have a great time cleaning up their neighborhood trail, they also enjoyed nature, the weather, and each others company. This was a great lesson on being responsible for your trash and taking responsibility for your community. Throughout the year the Boys & Girls Club provides every Club member with opportunities to serve in their Club and community and experience the important value of volunteer service. 

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Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Community Heroes

DSC00696On Monday, March 30th, members at the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club started out their Spring Break with a Super Hero day! While a lot of fun was had inside of the Clubhouse, members also became heroes of their community with a trip around the neighborhood to collect garbage off the street. One of the priority outcomes of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is Good Character and Citizenship. Members are constantly learning about giving back to their community, and the neighborhood trash pick-up did just that. 

Club members got a quick lesson in being rewarded for service thanks to local business Mad Hatter, who offered each child a free ice-cream cone in thanks for cleaning up the neighborhood. Thank you to our neighbors at Mad Hatter for such a treat!

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Inspiring Stewardship

In early March, I challenged our Club Directors to use their time during spring break to demonstrate stewardship to our Club kids by getting out in the community more and showing our thanks. It’s only with our community partners and collaboration that we can provide the services we do to the number of kids we affect in such a positive way each year.  Beyond just completing a task for the betterment of our organization, an incentive was offered that would stretch their planning skills, writing abilities, and marketing knowledge. Each would turn in a one page narrative with one page of pictures about their experience, with one submission selected to earn a $250 shopping spree for additional board games and equipment.

Yesterday I received my first submission, and it was about as perfect as one would hope. The statement of activities was clear, stories compelling, and photos just pretty darn good overall. In their narrative, they shared how, at first, when the activities of the week were discussed and staff talked about the Stewardship trips in their town, kids responded with “It sounds boring.” But what did they do for ME?” “Why does it matter?” The concept was explained again, broken down for the young people.

They started off on their journey, and it took two days, but by then the members were hooked. In fact, some had to be asked to stay behind because there wasn’t enough room to transport them because of no more space in the van. The members enjoyed meeting people who had worked together to make their Club a reality. During one such trip, a business owner asked, “Why are you here today?” Their answer? “We are here because without you, we wouldn’t be wearing these Club shirts right now.”

It took a bit, but the concept stuck, and as the week progressed staff also noticed a change in the kids at the Club. Now they are walking around the Club reminding one another to put things away after they are done; they are treating Club equipment with respect, because they had met the very people who had invested in the Club and helped to provide it for them. Bingo. It’s a nice day to work with kids when they demonstrate such knowledge and understanding without prompt.  So be proud Skagit County, the next generation of leaders are on their way to make a mark!

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