Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sedro-Woolley SMART Girls attend Career Fair

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On Monday, May 2nd, the SMART Girls of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club were treated to four guest speakers all offering different insights on college and career paths.

Jill Gatto from Skagit Valley Hospital talked to the girls about what a day in the life of a surgical assistant looks like. The girls asked stimulating questions about prosthetics, how many patients she attends to each day, and what her work schedule looks like.

Vanessa Jones, a math teacher from Sedro-Woolley High School, stressed the importance of higher education and the joys of college, and how all that hard work and effort pays off. She even challenged the girls with some math problems!

Jackie Dexter talked to the group about how she has used her science degree from WWU to create a farm at her home. She shared information about how she is growing plants, creating a pond, and all the animals currently living on the farm.

Sigrid Williams of Aqua-Terr Systems Inc. talked to the girls about her job as an associate biologist, and how she uses science in her job. She also talked about scuba diving and teaching Discover Scuba classes with Gone Diving out of Bellingham.

It was a science and math filled day for the girls—two fields that are sometimes intimidating to young women- but with these guest speakers, it was something that the girls were able to see as a possibility for them, too!

All guest speakers engaged the SMART girls by asking what their career aspirations were, what they liked most about school, and where they might like to go to college. Hearing from engaging guest speakers showed the girls about available career paths, how one can use their education in different fields and careers, and that college can be a challenging path with great rewards after graduation. The girls felt empowered, encouraged, and shared stories and laughs. All left with information from each guest speaker resulting in a great success for this year’s SMART Girls Career Fair.

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Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Teens & True Value Partner with a BBQ

imageFor the second year in a row teenage members of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club raised money and fed hungry shoppers with a hot dog barbecue in the parking lot of True Value. The barbecue was held as part of True Value’s Anniversary Sale. All the supplies, from hot dogs to napkins, were donated by True Value while the barbecue itself was run by members of the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center.

“It was a lot of fun and it makes me happy to be able to help The Club I’ve gone to for so long” said 15 year old Kindred Marden, who has been a member since he was 8 years old. “I also enjoy how activities like this let us be out in the community. I’m very grateful to True Value for the opportunity.” Kindred is the current President of Keystone Club, a community service program in the Teen Center.

The fundraiser was completely donation based and raised over $350. All the money raised will be used to help fund the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center and its programs.

“We’re definitely proud to provide a fundraising opportunity to the Boys & Girls Club” said Adrian Arias, store manager of True Value. “Thanks to the community for supporting the fundraiser, without them it doesn’t happen.” 

Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club’s service learning program for teens from ages 14 to 18. This leadership development program provides opportunities for young people in three focus areas: Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service. 

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Clubs Learn the Importance of Memorial Day

Lieutenant Commander Stuart Marshall with Anacortes Club members.

Lieutenant Commander Stuart Marshall with Anacortes Club members.

Club members had the opportunity to learn about Memorial Day leading up to the 3-day weekend with visits from Military Personnel & Veterans. The Mount Vernon Club was visited by special guest speaker Captain Greg Barley, who is a Nurse in the US Army reserves. He shared with the kids about what an army nurse does and answered many of their questions, including questions about military dogs, and how tall he is! Club members then headed over to the LaVenture Middle School gym to participate in a mini boot camp with stations that included jumping jacks, sit ups, push-ups and sprints.

Lieutenant Commander Stuart Marshall of the US Navy stopped by the Anacortes Club to celebrate Memorial Day early on Friday, May 27th. Lieutenant Commander Marshall spoke to Club members about the different branches of government and military, as well as his own position in the Navy and the importance of Memorial Day.

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Youth of the Month – May 2016

Boy of the Month

Adin W. Age 9

Adin is in 3rd grade and attends Little Mountain Elementary. This is Adin’s Second year attending the club. He has really improved and likes to help staff set up or put away games.

Adin W

Adin W

 

Girl of the Month

Kianna J. age 10

Kianna is a fifth grader and attends Madison Elementary. She started attending in may of 2014 so this past month has marked her 2nd year attending the club. Kianna can be found everywhere in the club and she is always helping either staff or other members.

 
Kianna J

Kianna J

Homework All-Star

Summer S. age 10

Summer is a fourth grader and attends Centennial Elementary. Summer is often seen in the Learning Center taking advantage of Power Hour, she usually gets her homework finished before she attends our other programs like Art or outdoor games.

 
Summer S

Summer S

Artist of the Month

Arely M. Age 7

Arely is a first grader attending Jefferson Elementary. Arely is really awesome with art, if she isn’t in the Art room making something she can usually be found with the legos making houses to play with her friends.

 
Arely M

Arely M

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Ricardo B. age 12

Ricardo is in sixth grade and attends Laventure Middle School. Ricardo really likes playing outdoor games. He really likes open court because he asks if he and a group of kids can play Basketball or Fliers up.

Ricardo B

Ricardo B

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