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Boys & Girls Club summer program a success

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The top three members of the Boys & Girls Club's Kids College took home Apple computers. The winning members were Brandon Overstreet (1st), Caleb Marsh (2nd) and Cordell Kelso (3rd).
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The Boys & Girls Club program positively impacted the lives of more than 100 youth this summer. After opening in March 2011, last year's summer program struggled attract the number of children needed fill their building. However, the participation in this summer's program is a strong indicator that families in Bedford County have discovered the magic at 1055 Madison St.

Program members participated in a variety of recreational, cultural, educational, character and leadership developing programs. In addition to the programs implemented at the Club, the kids took weekly trips to the skating rink, bowling alley and swimming pool. Also, there were matinees at the Capri Twin Theater, cultural trips to the Argie Cooper Public Library and the Fly Cultural Arts Center, and a golf clinic at River Bend Country Club by Head Golf Professional Randy Helton.

Each week the kids took an out of town trip to locations such as Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Warner Park Nature Center, Point Mallard Water Park, The Tennessee Aquarium, Lucky Ladd Farms, Yogi Bear Park, Lanes Trains and Automobiles, and the summer finale at Henry Horton State Park.

One of the most popular programs in the Club is the Kids College. It is an internet-based program that simplifies the process of differentiating instruction and engaging students. Our unique program combines adaptive technology with standards-aligned virtual curriculum and interactive sports video games to deliver effective, targeted and engaging instruction.

This summer the Club implemented a Kids College contest. Kids earned points by logging time in the computer playing Kids College video games. At the end of the summer, the Club awarded the kids who earned the most points by giving an Apple computer.

The top three members who took home the computers were Brandon Overstreet (1st Place), Caleb Marsh (2nd Place) and Cordell Kelso (3rd Place).

The Boys & Girls Club is currently registering for their afterschool program. The program fees are based on household size and income ranging from $13 to $25 per week for one child. There are discounts for multiple siblings. Transportation is available to the Club after school from Eakin, Eastside, Southside, Learning Way, Thomas Magnet, Harris Middle and the Liberty School. For more information call (931) 735-6525.

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