By DAVID DEATON
Great things are happening at the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County (BGCLC).
At our Heavener location the students are working on their quilting projects with some ladies from the Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) of Big Cedar. These OHCE ladies have volunteered their time to help teach a craft that may seem to some as a lost art. The boys as well as the girls are having fun piecing together the quilts.
Music teacher, Matt Houston, is working with the second and third graders preparing for a music program, and Wayne Cash, has been teaching the students Origami, which is an art form meaning “folding paper.”
It’s the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century and was popularized outside Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.
Sabrina Dyer is helping the students in grades fourth through eighth make collages. In order for BGCLC to continue providing quality programming that will help a child learn a new skills such as quilting and Origami, we must rely not only on volunteers who are willing to donate their time teaching, we also need the continued financial support from our community and local businesses.
Karen Thompson, of the Cameron Oklahoma Community Health Education (OHCE) offered a one-day workshop Tuesday making bracelets with beads for the students at the BGCLC Pansy Kidd Middle School Unit in Poteau. Thompson volunteered her time as well as the glass bead materials for the kids to make bracelets. Glass bead making is among the oldest human arts, dating back 3,000 years. Glass beads have been dated back to at least Roman times.
BGCLC is also providing Smart Moves and Drama Matters programs at the site as well.
BGCLC would like to invite everyone to show their support for our youth and families and have a fun and entertaining evening by attending our “Affair of the Heart” Valentine Banquet with dinner, live entertainment, dancing and live auction.
The event takes place on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Community Center in Poteau. Tickets are $25 per person or corporate sponsored tables seating eight are also available. Tickets are available at the Boys & Girls Club Office, 205 Dewey in Poteau, Poteau Chamber of Commerce, The Community State Bank of Poteau, First National Bank of Heavener, Heavener, Poteau, along with Arkoma and Shady Point Elementary Schools.
For more information about BGCLC or the upcoming event contact our office at (918) 647-7136, also check us out on facebook and our website at www.thebgclc.org.
Thank you for helping us build brighter futures for the youth and families of Leflore County!