By DAVID DEATON
With the Thanksgiving season over, people are now gearing up for Christmas and reflecting on the past. We at the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County are doing the same. The progress and growth that we have experienced in the last twelve months has been extraordinary.
Poteau serves an average of 250 kids per day with 35 workers. Heavener has a monthy average of 93 and 22 staff members. Arkoma has an enrollment of approximately 125 and 11 staff members. Just starting their after-school program this year is Shady Point with 15 children and two staff members.
Poteau’s After-school Program offers Power Hour, where kids can get their homework finished before it is time to go home. They also have SmartMoves, a drug prevention program, guitar lessons, a cooking club, arts and crafts and plenty of fun. Poteau offers services for children pre kindergarten to the 8th grade.
Heavener also offers services for children from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade and their after-school program participates in Power Hour, SmartMoves, and Triple Play; a health and physical education program. Students are also learning quilting, karate and music.
Arkoma’s children participate in physical activities Pep Club, Band Bow Hunting and 4H Club.
Shady Point offers SmartMoves for theire middle school age club members and hope to expand the program to other age groups.
So what does this mean for the county? It means that working parents with kids are enrolled in our after-school program can be assured that their child is safe and supervised while they continue their work day. Parents can have some peace of mind knowing that their child is involved in positive activities and award winning curriculum as well as being involved in some physical fitness activities.
The BGCLC wants to be a positive impact on the life of a child life. However in order to continue and to expand our services within other towns throughout the county we need the help from the community. We cannot achieve our goals alone.
From the very beginning the Board of Directors acknowledged the need for community support to secure a bright and prosperous future for the children of LeFlore County. Today more than ever, we need individuals and businesses in the county to assist us financially. We urge you to make a pledge or give an in-kind donation. With your support we can continue to meet the needs of working families throughout the county. With your support we can provide more programs and services to children that will help them develop into the futures leaders of tomorrow.
Our needs outweigh our means, but with the support and resources from the community we can strive to protect and serve kids throughout the county.
So make a pledge today and help us to be a “Positive Place for Kids” so that we can proudly say “Great Futures Start Here.” To make a donation or to find out more contact any Board of Director member or contact our office at 918 647-7136.
Remember to check us out on facebook and our website at www.thebgclc.org.
BGCLC Current Board members for 2011 are: Benjamin Barnes; Secretary, Shelly Harmon, Myrna Davis, Brian Roberts; Treasurer, Dr. Alice Smith, Dr. Brandon Webb, Cody Smith, Roy Gordon, Sue Ann Loggains, George McBee, JoAnna Bunch, Ed Wilson, Sherry Fout, Ed Brody, Ryan Adams, Lundy Kiger, Ronda Tucker, Pat Gillham, and Bill Slater, Chief Volunteer Officer.