By DAVID DEATON
We at the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County understand that the after-school program must be fun in order to keep the interest of the kids. We have to create excitement that will keep kids wanting to come back to the club every day.
But, we also know that we must create a positive place with a caring staff and have volunteers willing to serve and motivate kids.
At our Heavener location we have brought in Karate and quilting which has sparked an interest in students attending the after-school program there. Poteau offers Clay-tech, a process of turning clay figures into a movie. But, mostly and all the clubs we want to inspire fun.
Kids have spent all day at school. By 3 p.m. they are ready to play games and talk to friends, so that should be done.
Both Poteau and Heavener sites offers the most important things and that is fun, and while each club operates basically the same way, each club is unique reflection of their community.
The important thing is to have the same outcome: academic success, good character, good leadership and for kids to have fun.
As we move forward and begin to think about 2012, we understand that we need to form better partnerships with other schools, communicate better with parents, and spread our cause to area businesses so we can increase our efforts to make a difference to the kids in the county.
Currently we are working on our first basketball tournament to benefit the LCBGC. The third and fourth, and fifth and sixth grade boys and girls tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-4 at Pansy Kidd Middle School.
Entry Fee is $100 per team. First-place trophies will be given to each player of the winning team. Concession will be available as well. If you have a team that would like to participate contact our office at (918) 647-7136. Deadline to register is Nov. 15, 2011.
Remember it we can’t do things alone, we need the help of the community. To make a donation contact the office. Be sure to check us out on facebook and our website at www.thebgclc.org