By Jeanette Koechner - Director of Community Development
Summer Camp will be completed on August 4th only to follow with the After School Program beginning on August 14th. It has been an extremely busy time for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County. There has been an average daily attendance of 140 children a day. On a daily basis, the children are served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. We know for many of our members, these meals and snacks were their main source of food. Over 60% of our members qualify for free or reduced lunch. Over 70% live in a single-parent/caregiver home and 52% identify as a racial or ethnic minority. During the 10 week period of Summer Camp over 16,000 healthy, nutritious meals and snacks were served to members. But as important, they were encouraged and participated in programs that allowed them to continue their education, in a fun way, and not lose the desire to succeed academically. Summer programs are designed with high yield activities and exercise that promote a healthy lifestyle.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is not without a building loan. It became imperative that we vacate the old Club and move into the new facility before we had raised sufficient funds for the project. Therefore we continue to reach out to donors to help us meet the financial obligation and become debt free. Once that happens, funds now being used to diminish the debit will be used to increase the number of programs or enhance existing programs at the Club with more staff being added to meet this goal. But until then, we will continue to serve our members as we have for the past 62 years. The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provides a safe and healthy environment where members can participate in the valuable programs that are lead by caring staff and volunteers.
Jul 11, 2017
Eliminate school drop out - Encourage Learning
By Jeanette A. Koechner - Director of Community Development
A Staff member is assisting with homework.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is in full swing with "Summer Blast". Although, sad to say, we are half way through the summer vacation with school beginning in a month. The Clubs had an average daily attendance of 175 children. Summer Blast provides the children with programs designed to support their "away from school" time. Members are encouraged to continue reading as well as participate in high yield activities that prevent them from becoming disengaged in their education. As the new school year arrives, our members will be ready and anxious to resume their daily school activities. The Reading Program begins classes at 7 am with a waiting line. The children are anxious to start their day.
Members of the Boys & Girls Club are from the ages of 6 to 18 years. The Club's goal is to encourage and enable all children to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Over 60% of the children served by the Club live in or below the proverty level and are considered to be "at-risk". School statistics show that many at-risk children are experiencing low grades and dropping out of school. It is the goal of the Boys & Girls Club to provide the necessary support and programs that will encourage the children to reach academic success, remain in school, complete their education and become gainfully employed as an adult.
To further assist all children, especially those considered "at-risk", the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provides nutritious meals on a daily basis. Meals are available, free of charge, during the summer programs as well as during the after school programs. Many of our children do not have food available to them on a regular basis. During the summer months, the Club provides breakfast, lunch and a snack. During the school year, the children are given dinner and a snack before they leave the Club. In many cases the only meals the children receive are provided by the schools and the Boys & Girls Club. It is documented that a hungry child does not do well in school. There is loss of concentration, they are disruptive in the classroom and there is no desire to continue their education.
We know our programs are effective due to the fact that we and the parents/guardian review their childs report card on a regular basis. The Boys & Girls Club also does pre and post testing in order to record the programs outcome. Over 97% of the Clubs members are scheduled advance to the next grade level for the 2017/2018 school year. We will continue to provide our members with the necessary academic support that will help them realize a gainful future as they so deserve. Great futures start at the Boys & Girls Club.
May 1, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Country New Facility
By Jeanette A. Koechner - Director of Community Development
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County continues to reach out to the children in the community. Currently the After School Program for the school year 2016-2017 will come to an end and Summer Camp will begin. It is important that the Boys & Girls Clubs remain open and available to all children throughout the year. Our doors will remain open to all boys and girls from 6 to 18 years of age. We accept all children, especially those who need us the most. No child is turned away. Membership is only $25 per year. Summer Camp will incur additional fees due to the long hours of operation and additional opportunities that are provided the children. If it were not for the Clubs, many children would be left home along and without supervision. In the summer, this may be all day and after school, it may be for hours. This is a time when children may engage in behavior that will lead to trouble with their parents and sometimes the law enforcement. This is one of the many reasons the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is important and fills that need.
Programs take place all year at the Boys & Girls Club. We do not want our children to experience the loss of their drive of learning when they are out of school during the summer months. We have programs that a designed to continualy peek the child's interest during the summer months and keep them engaged in the learning process. Also Summer Camp provides two healthy nutritious meals and a snack daily. Hunger does not take a holiday.
Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County Board of Directors and Staff are deligently working to dispose of the debt that was incurred through the construction of the new facility. We are not debt free but look to the future when that will happen and all monetary fundraising efforts will be applied to the valuable programs offered at the Clubs. This will be a highly celebrated day at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County.