Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County
By DAVID DEATON
Remember the old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” This is not a true statement.
Let’s face it, words can cause pain. Being teased is often a part of growing up. Teasing or being bullied is something that almost every child experiences. That is why building up one’s self esteem is so important. Self-esteem will change the way a child lives their life. It will change the way they think and behave.
Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County is working to decrease the bullying issue and build up a child’s self esteem by offering quality programs that are fun as well as educational. BGCLC partners with Arkoma, Heavener, Poteau and Shady Point Public Schools to offer a safe place to spend time during after-school hours from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The Club programs serve as an alternative to the streets or being home alone.
The children play, have fun, laugh and learn with programs like Power Hour which provides activities, resources and information to help kids with homework. It also encourages them to become self-directed learners.
Our Smart Moves Program helps build self esteem using a team approach by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.
Triple Play helps to improve the overall health of Club members by increasing their daily physical activity; teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.
We strive to offer new activities and opportunities to build new life skills for our kids. These skills will raise each child’s belief that he or she can succeed and receive recognition for personal accomplishments.
BGCLC’s success in offering programs that have a positive impact on families in LeFlore County depends on the support and partnerships with the entities and individuals in our communities. Please consider how you can be a part of building brighter futures for kids. To find out more about BGCLC and how you can get involved contact Clay Roper, Chief Professional Officer at 918 647-7136. You can also check us out on facebook and our website at www.thebgclc.org.