Local Boys & Girls Club summer program in ‘full swing’

Published 1:45 pm Friday, June 9, 2023

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The summer program at the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County is now in full swing with nearly 200 local youngsters engaged in a variety of activities, says Shelly Parham, BGCECC CEO.

“We love seeing these children come through our doors every summer,” Parham said. “This program is so important to the kids in our community because it is designed to keep them safe, continually learning, active and engaged throughout the summer break.

“And in addition to all that fun, our Club Kids also get a full breakfast and lunch during the summer,” Parham added.

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Some of the summer fun includes the summer Brain Gain, which is comprised of fun themed activities that engage kids in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project.

The club’s literacy program is also a plus, as it improves the reading skills of club youth with a new book presented each week per age group, along with supporting activities that bring the book to life.

“Our goal is for kids and teens to continue learning in a fun and engaging way, while providing unique experiences and opportunities that help them grow into leaders and responsible citizens,” said Lacey Turbyfill, Club Director.

The club celebrates a different United States city weekly with activities and learning games that teach kids history and fun facts about the city. This week the children learned that Nashville is the capital of Tennessee, home to country music. They learned more about Tennessee superstars Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley, and as an additional fun art activity, they made paper banjos, guitars, and cowboy hats.

BGCECC kids will also take trips to local zoos, pools, trampoline facilities, and state and local parks while club teens have the opportunity to visit college campuses, local companies and explore adventure parks.

“Great summers start with the Boys & Girls Club,” Parham says. “This is just a great place for kids to be.”