SMART Moves

Members Are SMART About Medicine

The SMART Kids program is designed for members ages 6-9 and is held on Tuesdays at the La Conner Club.

The SMART Kids program is designed for members ages 6-9 and is held on Tuesdays at the La Conner Club.

Most kids know that medicines can help us to feel better when we’re sick, but not all kids know that medicines can also hurt people if used incorrectly. Today, La Conner SMART Kids explored this topic.

First, members learned that medicines are drugs that are good for us, often prescribed by a doctor. Next, members brainstormed all of the reasons that a doctor might suggest a medicine. The list of ideas included disease prevention, to cure a sickness, for diabetes, and to stop pain.

Some youth were surprised to learn that too much of a medicine can make a person sicker, as can taking an expired or old medicine, or taking someone else’s medicine. This is why it is important to only accept medicine from certain people. For example, it’s best to let a parent or trusted adult decide how much aspirin is appropriate for a headache, not a fellow club member.SMART Mover

After the discussion, the SMART Kids enjoyed a fun twist on the classic game of musical chairs. Papers were placed on the ground in a circle with different types of medicines or foods written on them

SMART Kids gives Club Members the skills and training to stay healthy in all aspects of life. By learning to respect ourselves and each other, and to resist peer pressure, Members learn how to safely resist unhealthy substances.

SMART Kids is designed for members ages 6-9. The program runs every Tuesdays in the Dr. Kenyon & Siddy Knopf Education Center from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. For more information on SMART Kids or any other programming related to Healthy Lifestyles please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email:laconner@skagitclubs.org

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SMART Kids Takes Off in La Conner

There are so many ways that people can care for their bodies. Nutritious eating, fitness, hygiene and safety all incorporate ways that lead to a healthy person. Club members who participate in the SMART Kids program in La Conner  talked about how important this is during this week’s session.

Youth ages 6-9 gathered to brainstorm ways that they take care of themselves. From brushing their teeth to wearing their helmets when riding their bikes, all were great ideas.

Next, members worked together in pairs to trace each other on large pieces of paper. Once their bodies were outlined, youth used their artistic skills to illustrate how they take care of their bodies. One member drew a toothbrush in one of his outlined body’s hands and an apple and a carrot in the other hand. Even his drawing’s feet were complete with football cleats ready for a game of flag football to get some exercise. This activity combined members’ creative side along with the message of how important it is to care for our bodies.

SMART Kids is designed for members ages 6-9. The program runs every Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. For more information on SMART Kids or any other programming related to Healthy Lifestyles please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email: laconner@skagitclubs.org

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Volunteer for SMART Girls

SMART Girls

SMART Girls teaches young ladies how to celebrate their individuality in a fun small-group setting.

The La Conner Club is looking for women in the area who can come and speak with our SMART Girls participants this spring and share their passion, successes, and learning experiences with these young ladies. The goal for the SMART Girls Master Class is to give young ladies 8-18, an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the local women we respect and admire. 

In the program SMART Girls,  girls ages 8-18 will interact and engage in small-group weekly sessions that foster camaraderie, while also encouraging each young lady to explore and express her individuality. The program makes use of discussions, hands-on games and activities, role play and collaborative decision-making. 
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SMART Girls is designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-18.

 
SMART Girls meets at the La Conner Club  on Thursdays from 3:30 -4:30pm and is led by Program Director Leah Vazquez. If you would like to be a Master Class speaker or would like to get involved with the SMART Girls Program in another way, contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at 360-419-5306 or email kdavis@bgcskagit.org.
 
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SMART Kids say NO!

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Members display their hand crafted posters of ways to stay SMART.

Last Friday, La Conner’s SMART Kids participated in a group discussion about the importance of saying “No!” to unsafe, unhealthy, and illegal behavior.  Club Members learned that someday, even friends or family may ask them to do something that they know isn’t the right choice.  Knowing a variety of ways to say no prepares youth for challenging situations and arms them with the skills they need to make smart choices.  Youth then made posters displaying their favorite ways to say no.

SMART Kids gives Club Members the skills and training to stay healthy in all aspects of life. By learning to respect ourselves and each other, and to resist peer pressure, Members learn how to safely resist unhealthy substances.

SMART Kids meets Fridays from 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. If you are interested in signing up your Member, please contact Club Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360)466-3672.

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LC Learns About Medicines

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Club kids are excited to learn about medicine.

On Friday, La Conner’s SMART Kids discussed different types of medicines and learned that it is important to use all medicines appropriately.  Youth first defined needs for medicine and noted who they should administer the medicine. For example, vaccines can only come from a doctor, but a parent or friend can fix Members a nice bowl of chicken soup when they’re sick. Members then participated in a musical chairs-like game to test their knowledge on harmful vs. helpful drugs and medicines.

SMART Kids gives Club Members the skills and training to stay healthy in all aspects of life. By learning to respect ourselves and each other, and to resist peer pressure, Members learn how to safely resist unhealthy substances.

SMART Kids meets Fridays from 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. If you are interested in signing up your Member, please contact Club Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360)466-3672.

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SMART Kids Stay Healthy

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Club Members search through magazines for images of healthy habits.

This week the La Conner SMART Kids talked about how important it is to take care of their bodies.  Members traced outlines of themselves then searched through magazines to find photos that represent healthy habits.  Examples included nutritious foods, fitness activities, good hygiene and proper safety habits.  These photos were then glued inside the outline of their bodies.  Photos depicting unhealthy behavior were glued outside the outlines.   

Members also discussed the value of goal setting when trying to take care of themselves.  If we want to have healthy teeth, we need to set goals to brush and floss every day!

SMART Kids gives Club Members the skills and training to stay healthy in all aspects of life.  By learning to respect themselves and each other, and to resist peer pressure, Members learn how to safely resist unhealthy substances.

SMART Kids meets Fridays from 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.  If you are interested in singing up your member, please contact Club Director Leah Vazquez at (360)466-3672.

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SMART Kids Discuss Character

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Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator Leah Vazquez and Club Members discuss personal characteristics

Today, a group of La Conner Club Members participating in the SMART Kids program discussed the characteristics we all possess that make us good friends.  They talked about how we all have things in common but that we’re all unique too, and that’s what makes our friendships and relationships special and interesting.  

The Members created personal ads to explore what characteristics they each bring to a friendship then drew pictures of themselves to accompany the advertisements.  We then discussed how we can all strive to improve our own character and what each of us could do to be better friends. 
 
SMART Kids gives Club Members the skills and training to stay healthy in all aspects of life.  By learning to respect ourselves and each other, and to resist peer pressure, Members learned how to safely resist unhealthy substances.
 
SMART Kids meets Fridays from 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.  If you are interested in signing up your Member please contact Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator, Leah Vazquez or Program Director, Annie Webb at (360) 466-3672.
 
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Stop Bullying Now

SMART Kids and Start SMART Members take a stand against bullying.

SMART Kids and Start SMART Members are taking a stand against bullying.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and in honor of this month, Members of the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club participated in their first SMART Moves lesson. Youth and Teen Members watched  three webisodes provided by HRSA’s National Bullying Prevention Campaign that displayed and explained bullying behavior. Members were then asked if they had ever been bullied and what would they do if they saw someone being bullied.  By examining their own roles in these situations, Members learned how to address bullying, and avoid being bystanders when they witness bullying. After the lesson each Member received the a comic book supplement to reinforce this message.   

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Whippersnappers v Falc-o-larks

Teams come together  before getting into it.

Teams come together before getting down to business.

It was a sunny Thursday afternoon in July when two teams of athletic giants met in the air conditioned comfort of the dining room of Country Meadow Village. The time had come for the second annual Flyswatter Volleyball match between the Falc-o-larks of Country Meadow Village and the Whippersnappers of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. It was an intense match full of close saves and unexpected follies. The Falc-o-larks got an early lead of eight points, but once the Whippersnappers got into their rhythm, they soon caught up. The final half of the match was a neck-and-neck battle for the lead until the Whippersnappers found themselves ahead with 14 points to the Falc-o-larks’ 13 points. The first team to make 15 points would win, as long as they had a two-point lead. It continued back and forth until finally the Whippersnappers were able to get the final point and win, 15-13.

What really mattered though, was that these Sedro-Woolley teens had the chance to get out in their community and have a wonderful time playing a unique game with a group of Country Meadow residents. As always, a huge thanks to Program Director David Bricka for arranging the whole event, and to the Falc-o-larks for hosting it. The staff and residents of Country Meadow Village have been great supporters of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club for the last two years and the Whippersnappers are looking forward to a rematch next year.

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Club supports Friendship House

Sedro-Woolley Club Members stuff 1,000 envelopes for Friendship House's upcoming fundraiser.

Sedro-Woolley Club Members stuff 1,000 envelopes for Friendship House’s upcoming fundraiser.

Members from the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club partnered with the Friendship House on Thursday, May 23rd. Three Sedro-Woolley groups – Keystone Club, Torch Club, and SMART Kids – participated in stuffing 1,000 envelopes and affixed labels for the Friendship House’s spring fundraiser. The Friendship House, located in Mount Vernon, consists of homeless shelters and a Community Kitchen. For 26 years, they have been feeding, sheltering, and clothing those in need.

Sedro-Woolley Club Members have been hard at work on service projects throughout their community all school year. At our Family PLUS Night on June 13th, members will be presented with the Presidential Year of Service group award for accomplishing over 500 hours of community service since September 2012. If you have questions about our Service Learning programs, feel free to contact us at (360) 856-1830 or email Unit Director John Garman at jgarman@bgcskagit.org.

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