SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – National Boys and Girls Club Week runs from April 8 – 12, and encourages children and families to celebrate success.
“The idea for the week is to put a spotlight on all of the things that we try to do throughout the year, but celebrated on a more intentional level,” said Sertoma Unit director Amber Alcorn.
Boys and Girls Clubs work with students of all ages, teaching them the values of self esteem and citizenship. The program reaches out to students from all backgrounds, and especially to youth involved in at-risk environments. Boys and Girls Club aims to serve as a support system for not only children, but their familes as well.
The theme for this year’s week is “Stand Up” featuring a daily theme with a schedule of activities:
Monday- “Stand Up and Celebrate!” Sertoma Unit hosted an open house for Sherwood and Jeffries Elementary families
Tuesday- “Stand Up against bullying.” Boys & Girls Club members will participate in an anti-bullying rally, hearing from important guests speakers.
Wednesday- Sertoma Unit members will “Stand Up for healthy lifestyles,” by making healthy snacks and participating in field day activities.
Thursday- “Stand Up for the future,” and we will be hosting a career fair for Boys & Girls Club students, featuring local entrepreneurs.
Friday- “Standing Up for all youth” by sharing club success stories, videos, and family testimonials.
“All the clubs around the nation are celebrating this week, just what Boys and Girls Club is about,” said Alcorn. “Celebrating the fact that we get to provide unique opportunities for kids that they wouldn’t otherwise have, and we get to celebrate this kind of extended family that we are.”
Parents and guardians interested in getting their child involved with the organization can find more information at BGClubSpringfield.org