Mount Vernon Club News

Youth of the Month – March 2017

Boy of the Month

Cooper S. Age 7

Cooper joined the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club this summer and is currently a 1st grader at Washington Elementary School. Cooper is always carrying a smile on his face ready to join in on any activity the Club has to offer. Whether he is participating in an outdoor game, working on his homework in the Learning Center, or playing Bumper Pool, Cooper is always having fun with his friends, all while being respectful and demonstrating great character and citizenship.

 

Girl of the Month

Faith N. Age 10

Faith is a 4th grader at Madison Elementary School and joined the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club back in 2013, making this her fourth year attending. She is an amazing presence at the Boys & Girls Club by doing her homework in Power Hour, getting creative in the Art Room, and finding time to play outside. Faith has grown into a great leader and role model for other members by being a productive, caring and responsible youth through the various activities she has done at the Club!

 

 

Homework All-Star

Agustin C. Age 10

Agustin is a 4th grader attending Centennial Elementary School and has been coming to the Club for 3 years now. Agustin is always seen working on his homework before he does any other activity in the Club. Recently, he has been participating in the Power Hour Star Readers Challenge and in doing so has accumulated over 100 minutes of reading, the highest of all youth in the Club!

 

Artist of the Month

Ashley G. Age 9

Ashley has been attending the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for 2 years and is currently a 3rd grader at Centennial Elementary School.  Ashley is always ready to work on any project the Art Room has to offer. Her imagination and creativity have helped her create amazing pieces of art, ranging from complex paper crafts, to drawings of cartoons. She loves participating in Drawing Club and is always willing to help other members, carrying a smile on her face!

 

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Karlin C. Age 9

Karlin is a 3rd grader attending Washington Elementary School and started coming to the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club back in January of 2015. Karlin can always be found playing his favorite activities outside which include soccer, dodgeball and shark shark attack. He doesn’t care about winning or losing, as long as he is out there having a blast with his peers, which makes him a great role model for other youth.

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Youth of the Month – February 2017

Boy of the Month

Felix A. Age 10

Felix is a 5th grader and attends Madison Elementary. This is Felix’s fourth year at the club and he has made this place better just by being here. He is always willing to help, and was recently accepted to our Jr Staff program, which we will get to see more of his great potential.

Felix A.

Girl of the Month

Madilyn K. Age 7 

Madylin attends Centennial Elementary as a first grader. She has been attending the club for 2 years and during that time she has opened up to many of the other members and staff. Members and staff appreciate Madilyn’s smile because anytime she joins a program she is happy and ready to participate.

 

Madilyn K.

Homework All-Star

Daisy C. Age 10

Daisy is attending Centennial Elementary and is currently a fifth grader there. Daisy has  been a great role model for the other kids by attending Power Hour. When other members see that she is going to be doing homework she has encouraged others to do the same.

Daisy C.

 

Artist of the Month

Hailey S. Age 7

Hailey is a First grader attending Little Mountain Elementary and is currently in Second grade. As new member only starting out in September, she has really loved joining our Art Programs. She is always found in the art room creating some amazing things. Sometimes she goes around and shows the other staff what she has created and can’t wait to show her mom when she gets to the club to be picked up.

 

Hailey S.

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Adrian A. Age 9

Adrian is a third grader attending Madison Elementary. Adrian has attended the club since he was a kindergartener and this is his fourth year. As he has grown here, he has really seen the importance of good sportsmanship and is displaying it well to other members. He is begining to be a great role model for our other members.

Adrian A.

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Volunteer for Clubs Inspires Youth with the Art of Photography

Richard Raymond started volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in early October this year. With the expansion of the Clubs into the Mount Baker & LaVenture middle schools, volunteer help is greatly appreciated and adds to the richness of the Club experience. Richard immediately began teaching photography at the Mount Baker Club. Fortunately, the Clubs had already purchased camera equipment through a grant from Best Buy. Because camera’s are Nikon DSLRs, it gives the members quite a range of control over their photos. Club members start out by learning the very basic workings of the cameras, then work on composition and choosing subject matter. 

Mentored by well-known photographer, Lee Mann, Richard loves to share about his own experience of practicing photography out in nature. He reminisced about a day on the middle fork, Nooksack river, where he spotted an eagle on a low crag. He was able to sneak up fairly close, but eventually the great bird took flight. “When an eagle takes off to fly they drop at first because they are so large. The force of the wind from it’s wings took my hat off.” That was a great shot, but, he pointed out that if his wife, who was watching from afar, would have had a camera, she would have had the better photo. He then bought his wife a camera and now they enjoy the sport together. 

Richard was recently awarded “Rookie Volunteer of the Year” at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County awards event. “I think he was so surprised by the award, but it is very well deserved,” says Tammy Findlay, the Club’s Director of Marketing & Stewardship. “I’m so impressed with how Richard leads youth. This program gives them a great sense of accomplishment. Club members are taking pride in their work, and striving to improve and learn. They are engaged and eager. Richard’s passion for photography is inspiring.”

Richard just finished up a class at the Mount Baker Club and is now teaching a new group at the LaVenture Club which will run for 8 weeks. Then he will be back at Mount Baker for an Advanced Photography session with 5 Club members from the original class. They will cover the inner workings of the camera more in-depth, and advanced settings, as well as new photography techniques.

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Winter Break

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Attention Parents: Next week, Sedro-Woolley will be open Dec 19-22 and Anacortes will be open Dec 19-23. 

La Conner and Mount Vernon will be closed Dec 19-23. 

All Clubs will be closed Dec 26-30.

 
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Youth of the Month – October 2016

Boy of the Month

Tristen J. Age 8

Tristen started attending the club when he was just 6 years old back in october of 2014. He is really outgoing with both staff and members and is always on the look out for which of his friends have arrived to invite them to join him in whichever program he’s attending at the moment, like Power hour or Smart Games room.

Tristen J.

Tristen J.

Girl of the Month

Makayla 

Makayla is a bright young girl who is always asking staff is there is anything she could do to help out the club. When a program she wants to participate she also always asks if she could help with that program. She is also part of our satellite program The Grizzly Hangout which she really enjoys attending.

 

Homework All-Star

Joselyn V. Age 7 

Joselyn started attending the club in the summer of 2015, She is now currently a 2nd grader attending Centennial Elementary School.  She has really grown to love doing homework during Power hour. If you ever walk into the Learning Center right after school you could see her in there doing her homework with a smile on her face.

 
Joselyn V.

Joselyn V.

Artist of the Month

Jakelyn B. Age 6

Jakelyn is a first grader attending Madison Elementary School. She really is growing as a member at the club, she really likes the art room. Anytime there is an art project that is the first thing she does, she also like to just stay there and continue doing art even after her craft is finished.

 
Jakelyn B.

Jakelyn B.

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Jackie C. Age 9 

Jackie is a 3rd grader attending Little Mountain elementary school. She started attending the club in january 2014. Jackie is always coming to the club when our triple play program starts. She really loves playing football, any time she knows a football activity she brings along her own football to share with other members.

Jackie C.

Jackie C.

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Helping Hands Food Bank offers Free Farmer’s Share at the Clubs

Sedro-Woolley City Councilwoman Germaine Kornegay and Nolan Thompson, an avid member of the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club’s gardening group, share a discussion about the fruits and vegetables in Nolan’s bag. Photo by Cookson Beecher.

Sedro-Woolley City Councilwoman Germaine Kornegay and Nolan Thompson, an avid member of the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club’s gardening group, share a discussion about the fruits and vegetables in Nolan’s bag. Photo by Cookson Beecher.

Both the Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Clubs lucked out with perfect weather for two consecutive weeks in September for an outdoor Farmer’s Share orchestrated by Helping Hands Food Bank, where Club youth and their families were able to stock up on free fresh vegetables and fruits. 

To celebrate Hunger Action Month, Helping Hands Food Bank gathered fresh produce from local farms & grocery stores, such as Viva Farms, Hayton Farms, Ralphs Green house, and more. A bounty of colorful boxes filled with potatoes, carrots, squash, apples, plums, peaches, and broccoli, just to name a few, were arrayed out for kids to select from. 

Two WSU Extension staff were on hand representing the Farmers Market Flash program, to talk about nutrition and farmers markets with the kids while making it fun, with prizes, temporary tattoos, and stickers. WSU Extension’s brand new program, Farmer’s Market Flash, is focused on spreading the good news about the Double Up Bucks Program, where SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) dollars are stretched at farmers markets so that families can buy more fruits and vegetables, at no cost extra cost to them. By simply swiping their EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card at the information booth, farmers markets will give an additional $2 in Douple Up Bucks for every $2 spent in EBT, to purchase fresh and healthy food. “We believe good, healthy fresh food should be available for everyone, regardless of their economic situation.” said WSU Extension’s Farmers Market Flash Coordinator, Shannon Bachtel.

Club youth were certainly thrilled about the selection to choose from, and especially loved seeing the rows of raspberries at the end. Although, one kid did exclaim “broccoli!” heartily as he added it too his bag. As Club member Michael Worley was busy helping to unload and set up boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club, he said he really liked seeing everyone joining together and working toward the same goal. When asked what that shared goal was, he said “Helping get healthy food into people’s homes.”

Rebecca Schlaht, Operations Manager of the Food Bank hopes that these Farmer’s Share events can be expanded and plans to reach more Clubs, more often. “Our goal is to showcase the amazing produce that is available at local food banks,” says Schlaht. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County would like to thank Helping Hands Food Bank and the WSU Extension for putting these Farmer’s Share events together.

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Youth of the Month – September 2016

Boy of the Month

Remmy G. Age 8

Remmy is a 3rd grader attending Lincoln Elementary. This is his second year attending the club. Remmy is always courteous and willing to help others.

Remmy G.

Girl of the Month

Kaylee T. age 6

Kaylee is a 1st grader and started attending the club last year in april. She is very kind and respectful young girl who is always looking what program to join next.

 

Kaylee T.

Homework All-Star

Kevin T. Age 6

Kevin is a 1st grader and started attending the club last year in april. He loves reading and during the summer you would normally find him in the Learning Center join in on the fun.

 

Kevin T.

Artist of the Month

Nevaeh R. Age 10

Nevaeh is a 5th grader attending washington elementary school. Nevaeh started attending this last summer. She loves art and once she has finished her project she is always there to support other members when they are having difficulty in their own art projects.

 

Nevaeh R.

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Kalyssa T. age 13

Kalyssa is a 8th grader attending LaVenture middle school. She is really into Triple Play program. Kalyssa can be seen hyping up the next Triple Play activity when its a game she really wants to play like Soccer.

Kalyssa T.

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Calling all Volunteers

Back2SchoolVolunteer_webslideDo you have a passion for helping? Do you love to cook? Maybe you really love sharing your interest in photography. Or you would love to help design a youth community service project. If you have a passion for youth, a passion for serving your community, and interest in helping to teach others, we need you! With the return to school, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are calling all volunteers to come & help make our Club programs great. Open after-school Monday-Friday, from 2:45pm- 6:00pm, our Clubs serve youth ages 6-18. All programs run for 30-60 min, and fall under Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. We would love to include you! Contact Katelynn Sullivan at ksullivan@skagitclubs.org, or 360-419-3723 x8.

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Club Members Rewarded for Regular Attendance

IMG_7491_27259155006_mClub members were rewarded for regular attendance through the 2015-2016 school year with brand new bicycles, made possible by Odyssey Teams and Shell Refinery.

Fifteen of the highest attending Club Members were taken on a surprise field trip in late May to the Skagit Valley Casino, where unbeknownst to them, a team from Shell Refinery had been busy building bikes as part of an advanced leadership training provided by Odyssey Teams.  Part of Odyssey’s unique approach on leadership and team building is to have groups assemble bicycles. Those bikes are then given to local youth selected by the client, in this case, Shell refinery. 

The “big reveal” went both ways, as the teams building the bikes, didn’t know who they were for. Kids and staff gathered to enjoy snacks while pontificating on what the surprise might be. “I’m happy there is cheese,” said one Club member. “I’m the Cheesemaster!” That got everyone laughing, even though, they were trying so hard to be quiet. 

Their patience was rewarded as they entered the room each holding a number that corresponded with their bike building team. Club members were slightly in shock, turning to glee, as they took in the news. Shell employees spent time with Club members, getting to know them and helping them try out their new bikes.

For most these Club members this is their first new bicycle or it replaces a hand-me-down bicycle from an older sibling. Along with the bicycle, they received a new helmet and bike lock. All bikes were inspected by mechanics from Skagit Cycle. 

“We’re very thankful to Shell for selecting the Boys & Girls Club to be the recipient of the bikes. All the members who received a bike come to their local Club nearly every day it’s open, throughout the school year. We are happy to make a difference in their lives, as they make a difference in ours.”, said Noah Bannister, Director of Operations.

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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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