Monthly Archives: April 2016

Youth of the Month – April 2016

Boy of the Month

Elijah M. Age 7

Elijah attends Madison Elementary as a Second Grader. He has been attending since June of 2014, so in just a couple of months he will mark his second year of attending the club. Elijah has an outgoing personality that really impacts the club in a positive way.

 
Elijah M.

Elijah M.

Girl of the Month

Ashlynn H, age 8

Ashlynn is a Second Grader from Jefferson Elementary. She is one of our new members who is still trying out everything available at the Boys & Girls club. When she isn’t in one of our programs she enjoys playing games with her group of new club friends.

 
Ashlynn H.

Ashlynn H.

Homework All-Star

Pierce H. age 7

Pierce attends Centennial Elementary as a First Grader. Sometimes it takes a little effort for Pierce to tear himself away from other activities to go do his homework before he does other activities, but when he is in the Learning Center he is focused and you can tell he really enjoys it.

 
Pierce H.

Pierce H.

Artist of the Month

Jeorgina G. Age 8

Jeorgina attends Madison Elementary and is currently a Second Grader. Jeorgina is usually in the art room creating something either for herself or someone in her family.

 
Jeorgina G.

Jeorgina G.

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Nathan B. age 8

Nathan attends Jefferson Elementary as a 3rd grader. Nathan has been doing an amazing job on involving other members to join in on a game. He has also learned to lead little groups in outside activities. He will sometimes ask to play fliers up with others and the group has been self lead under staff supervision.

Nathan W.

Nathan W.

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No Boys Allowed! Night of Fun for Anacortes Club Teen Girls

IMG_3601The boys were sent home and the girls took over for Girls Teen Night at the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club recently held on Friday, March 4th. Teen girls were able to participate in a fun light-switch cover craft; have their hair done by Club staff; have their make-up done by volunteer Katrina Agnew or eyebrows waxed by Club Parent Ne Jones. The girls were then able to model their fancy looks in a Photo Booth provided by Gulliworks Photography. 
 
Teen membership at the Clubs is only $10 for the year and teen membership at all of the Skagit County Clubs has been steadily growing. The Clubs regularly hold Teen Nights on Fridays where both the boys & the girls get together, make food, watch movies and play games. Occasionally they switch things up and make it a Boys Night or Girls Night. “It’s good for these young women to have a space to call their own where they can open up to each other and be themselves,” says Club Director Taylor Bannister. The Club would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who made the Girls Night such a success for over 20 teen girls!
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Students at 21st Century Explore Cultures

IMG_1112“What country are we studying this week?” “Brazil!” It’s the beginning of the day for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County 21st Century after-school program at Mount Baker Middle School, and the students are sitting with their hands in the air, waiting to answer a trivia question about the South American country. This is how each day began during 21st Century’s Multicultural Month. During March, students learned about and participated in activities surrounding a different country each week. From making Carnivale masks from Brazil, to building model catapults from Germany, writing haikus from Japan, and learning about archeology in honor of Lebanon. 
 
“What continent is Brazil on?” Hands shoot up across the room, and one joking voice calls out “Antartica!”. The grasp of geography isn’t always there, but there is a sense of excitement surrounding the introduction of new knowledge. Finally a student, with the help of google, shouts out Asia, and the trivia game ends. Students split up to go to homework time before the day’s activities. 
 
Multicultural Month was a joint project between the 21st Century Programs at Mount Baker and LaVenture Middle Schools in Mount Vernon. Both programs offered multiple cultural activities each week and encouraged their students to learn cool facts about the countries they were studying. At Mount Baker, the month kicked off with a visit from Japanese Exchange students from Skagit Valley College. This was Fransisco Sanchez’s, a 7th grader at Mount Baker, favorite part. “It was fun to meet the Japanese Exchange students. It was nice to meet new people.” He also said he enjoyed getting to share hispanic snacks with the visitors as part of the cultural exchange. 
 
Part of the goal of the month was to lead up to learning about the Olympics happening in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this year. To honor that event, the last country the programs studied was Brazil, and the schools competed in a mini-Olympics at the 21st Century Family Night on March 23rd. Students participated in sprints, basketball, soccer, discus with frisbees, and long jumps. After the Olympics students and families enjoyed a dinner and presentations about the countries, as well as student awards. “I liked getting an award,“ said Zoie Saunders, a 7th grader from Mount Baker who was given the ‘good stewardship’ award, “it made me feel good. I also liked the charades game. It was fun to call out the different staff members!” The charades game was parents and staff versus students, and a highlight of the evening for both students and staff.
 
The goal of the 21st Century programs is to provide opportunities for students to experience and learn new and interesting things. That tradition of new experiences will continue in April with National Volunteer Month, where students will have opportunities to volunteer at their schools and in the community. 
 
Made possible through a specific grant, 21st Century is an after-school program managed by Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. The program takes place at the Mount Baker & LaVenture middle schools and is open to students attending there at no extra cost. Attendees are also given a free Boys & Girls Club membership and are able to participate in all Club programs. 
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Local Family Boosts La Conner Club Possibilities

File_000As the Annual Campaign for Kids benefiting the La Conner Boys & Girls Club begins to wrap-up, matching funds of $20,000 have been contributed to the initial effort by Eric and Beth Blank. The $30,000 total investment made by the Blank Family provides a much-needed boost to the Campaign to ensure the future viability and sustainability of Club programs for kids in the La Conner community.
 
“We are thankful for the generosity of the Blank family in this significant act of philanthropy,” said KJ Evans, Club Director for La Conner. “Their leadership will provide exactly what is needed to help us leverage resources to make our Clubhouse strong.”
 
A local Community Council has been working behind the scenes on fundraising and resource development, ensuring transparency and accountability of La Conner resources in supporting the local Clubhouse and it’s operation. Council members welcome the opportunity to spend a few minutes with community leaders interested in joining the effort to maintain a Boys & Girls Club in La Conner for youth ages 6-18. To set up a meeting with a Council member, please call KJ Evans at the Clubhouse at 360-466-3672 for arrangements.
 
Should the Challenge put forth by the Blank family be realized, sustainability for 2016 will be achieved, and La Conner Club kids benefit from increased participation opportunities. Regardless of the outcome, some additional services are already coming to fruition, with the Club preparing to offer suppers to Club members each program day, free of charge. Through a partnership with the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction, the costs are reimbursed to the Club, stretching each and every donor dollar even further.
 
All involved are thankful for all the work and generosity of so many in the community on behalf of the kids and families who participate at the La Conner Boys & Girls Club. In addition the this recent boost to the Campaign, there are many who have invested their time, talent, and treasure to ensure that youth in La Conner have a safe, fun, and positive place to go when school is out.
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Youth of the Month – April 2016

Malcom W., age 8

Malcom attends Island View Elementary and has been a Club Member since 2015. He is extremely diligent in getting his homework done during Power Hour. When his work is done, Malcom enjoys spending his time in the art room making unique creations and playing with Legos.

 

Malcom

     

Jordan F., age 8

Jordan has been a Club Member since 2014 and attends Mt. Erie Elementary. Jordan loves spending time at the club and is active in almost every Club activity. She participates in everything from Triple Play to Drama Matters, from the art room to Healthy Habits.

 

Jordan

     

Evan M., age 15

Evan attends Anacortes High School and has been a longtime Club Member, attending since 2008. He is the glue which holds the teen games, conversation, and friendships together. His scholastic and personal success is a testament to the strong relationships he has made at the Club.

 

Evan

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