Monthly Archives: July 2015

Club members with high attendance gifted new bikes

bike giveaway

Four lucky Club members were awarded a special prize for most days attended at the Club during the 2014-15 school year. 
 
Hallie Simpson, Sedro-Woolley: 184
Wyatt Willoughby, Anacortes: 188
Gunner Willoughby, Anacortes: 187
Mia Willoughby, Anacortes: 181
 
Thanks to Frontier for providing these new bikes with all of the safety gear!
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Bouncing Adventure at Trampoline Zone

trampoline zoneOn July 7th the Anacortes & La Conner Boys & Girls Clubs went on a bouncing adventure to the Bellingham, Trampoline Zone, as just one of their many scheduled field trips. Foam pits were a favorite, which provided the opportunity to try any trick or jump without the chance of injury. By the end of the day even the most timid of the children were flipping into the pits. This afforded the kids a chance to develop courage and challenge themselves to do something that they were scared of at the start. 47 Club members were able to participate in the field trip. The next field trip for the Club members is a trip to Woodland Park Zoo.

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Thank you

DSC_0150Thanks to amazing community supporters like you, our new event, Keys for Kids raised over 30k for our youth. Read a recap of the event here

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Community members build art easels for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

IMG_5503Eugene & Doris Benson recently made a donation of 8 handmade art easels that will be distributed to Skagit County Clubs. Eugene, an avid wood worker and wood toy maker, along with his wife Doris  worked for several months to complete these beautiful handmade art easels. Each easel has a chalk board and white board side, along with hand sewn baskets in the bottom for art supplies. Eugene and Doris left no detail behind as they arrived to make their delivery complete with white board markers, chalk and erasers for each board! Their friends’ Dave Gibbons and Tim Klein also assisted with the project. 

The easels will be incorporated into the art programs at each of our Clubs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are grateful to have such wonderful community members who are willing to share their time and talents to provide supplies and resources for Club members! 

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Summer Food Service Program

meal programMore than 15% of children are considered food insecure; they simply do not know when or where their next meal will be. In today’s world, this is simply unacceptable, and this year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County has stepped-up to make sure kids have access to quality, nutritious meals throughout the day. Now a lead agency in the Summer Food Service Program, youth in our summer programs are provided a full Breakfast, Lunch, and hearty afternoon snack. Through a partnership with the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction and United States Department of Agriculture, Clubs will ensure our kids grow their bodies in the same healthy way that we’ve worked to grow their minds for years.

In Anacortes, we have been able to leverage resources that deepen our impact out of our Clubhouse as well. Through a partnership with the Learning & Lunches program, the Club is serving as the central kitchen, preparing meals for our own kids, and those being served at two satellite locations. This creates a scale of efficiency that benefits both our own operations, and that of our partner, allowing us both the opportunity to increase the level of service provided. The results have been significant and immediate, with the Club seeing 66% more youth than last year, while participation in Learning & Lunches has increased an astonishing 233%! This means more than 100 additional youth are being served in Anacortes, at no additional cost to the community.

We are excited that we will be able to carry this initiative forward this fall in new ways as well, with our Clubhouses in La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley not only providing snack, but adding dinner as well. When combined with breakfast and lunch at school, we can help eliminate food insecurity in kids throughout our communities.

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