By DAVID DEATON
The Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County in Shady Point are doing some fun things while learning as well. Club members in Shady Point are participating in a Science and Mathematics program sponsored by BGCLC.
Their latest project is the building of balsa wood bridges to apply hands on physics and engineering skills.
“These bridges are built by the students to both withstand the greatest amount of stress and follow certain restrictions on weight and physical dimensions,” said Bruce Gillham, site coordinator. “We hope the students utilize the applied approach of learning to develop a lifelong love for science.”
The Arkoma after-school program is very busy as well. In their second year of operation, the 21st Century grant program offers a variety of activities for everyone. Just recently, the program purchased 30 iPads and five Promethean boards to be used in the program.
Students have received an iPad orientation in which they now know their way around an iPad. They have also had many math, reading, music, and art classes utilizing the Promethean boards after school.
This year was also the first year for students from the Arkoma program to participate in the Leflore County Livestock show. Students learned to work with their animals through the 4-H program in its early stages at the school.
Wednesday marked the second year students will compete in the Regional Archery competition in McAlester. Students have opportunities to practice their archery skills two to three times a week in the archery class.
Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County (BGCLC) is a great place to learn and offers benefits for parents in all four locations of Poteau, Heavener, Arkoma and Shady Point. BGCLC looks forward to many more opportunities throughout the rest of the year to have lots of fun after-school.
To find out more about BGCLC and how you can get involved contact our office at (918) 647-7136. You can find out the latest news and events on our website www.thebgclc.org and our facebook page.