By DAVID DEATON
Because of people volunteering their time, talents and efforts great things are happening in the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County Heavener Unit.
Site Coordinator Lacey Dyer has her hands full, but has a great staff to help her as she provides not only a need for quality after-school care for children, but fun and informative programs for the kids as well. But beside paid staff, Heavener has something else, volunteers who are willing to come and help the kids find even more potential than they already have.
One such program that has taken the interested of not just the girls but the boys as well is quilting.
With the help of volunteers from the Stapp-Zoe Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHSE) members, Faye Smith, Nancy LaVal, and Jane Naylor, these young students are piecing and putting together a quilt. Most of these kids have never threaded a needle or cut fabric, and that makes things exciting and new to the kids. Wow an old art form being fresh and new to a child.
Why did I call it an art form? Have you seen seen the quilts that your grandmother and other quilters have made, like the “wedding ring” or the “Indigo Star” and the many different types of quilts that take hours to piece together and sewn with so much love. It’s a lost art form because of a world of high technology making everything so much easier. But these ladies are giving these kids an opportunity that they may never get again, and something tangible that can be handed down from generation to generation.
That is what a “Great Future” is all about, producing something that can stand the test of time.
Beside quilting, other programs like Karate and music are available. Students who wish not to participate in quilting get the opportunity to learn music with Mr Matt Houston. Right now with the holidays approaching, Houston is teaching kids Christmas songs to learn for a Christmas Program they intend to perform. (When I get more details, I will share that information.) Some student participate in karate classes.
BGCLC members at Heavener also participate in Power Hour, where they can get all their homework finished before time to go home. This is such a big help to parents and for the busy child who has ball practice or piano lessons and such to have more time to spend as a family. The best part is having a certified teacher to help them when they don’t understand how to do a math problem or need help finding an answer in Social Studies.
So, after-school programs are not boring. They keep kids engaged and excited. Children who attend after-school programs seem to do better in school and form stronger friendship bonds.
But, we cannot do this alone and it is because of the help of volunteers and people who care about kids that such programs are available. Perhaps you have a special talent or gift that you could pass down to the another generation? Why not share that talent with kids because together we can create a “Great Future” for kids.
To find out more about the BGCLC contact our office at (918) 647-7136. Be sure to check us out on facebook and our website at www.thebgclc.org.