Summer is just around the corner, and at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD), we know that education is the solution for helping children become productive, caring and responsible citizens. That's why our summer Club programs complement the academic school year curriculum in Dallas area schools, and we need your help in funding a special program this year. By investing in BGCD, you can help start GREAT FUTURES!
BGCD's focus this summer is learning loss prevention by providing fun, high-yield learning activities to Dallas area youth who need us most. A study published by Ron Fairchild, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning, noted:
- All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
- On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.
- Low-income youth experience greater summer learning losses than their higher income peers.
- Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.
Join us this summer at your local Club!
President & CEO
Wellington Place Boys & Girls Club
The Webster's dictionary gives us the following definitions for the word scholarship: the quality of knowledge a student shows, the systematized knowledge a scholar shows and a gift of money, to help a student. The staff at Wellington Boys & Girls Club are endeavoring to address all three facets of this definition. Club members are involved in programs that seek to enhance and extend knowledge they have already attained. Daily, we are implementing programs that encourage Club members to do and be their best. Our tutoring sessions, power hour and reading time this school year progressed well. When teens are doing there homework, that is progress. We have recently began utilizing the math tutorial Khan Academy our members were very receptive to the program. Because it is an online program that is a plus. Encouragement to succeed in every aspect of there learning is a constant daily reminder. In our Passport to Manhood program, our young men have had the opportunity to be encouraged by a community business man. He owns several of the stores of a nationally known fast food chain. He has been mentoring them and showing them what they can do and be if they apply themselves.
Making choices and setting goals is taking responsibility for your future. There is a whole new world out there. Get up and make that step. We would like to congratulate Andrea Silos, senior 2012, on being accepted to UNT! We are also celebrating Dennis Reyes and Aaron Garcia for their participation in the FIRST Robotics program!
We invite you to visit our club in Coppell, we're not different, we're Boys & Girls Club.
Wellington Place Boys & Girls Club
230 S. MacArthur Blvd. #315
Coppell, TX 75019
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas has been selected to receive a $13,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The Restaurant Community Grant Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve.
Restaurants within the Darden family - Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 - are helping to award more than $1.7 million in local grants to nearly 900 exceptional nonprofit organizations nationwide. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden's three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.
"Each grant is not just a check - it is an opportunity to make an impact, from providing essential supplies to food banks in Oregon, to mentoring students in Phoenix and supporting environmental education in New England," said Drew Madsen, president and chief operating officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc. "Our service philosophy extends far beyond the walls of our restaurants. These grants bring that philosophy to life by helping to develop a better future for those we serve, one community at a time."
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Foundation's mission is to maintain a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy as defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants. Total giving in fiscal year 2012 amounted to $7.8 million, 20 percent of which is represented by the Restaurant Community Grants Program. The Darden Foundation carries out its mission by focusing philanthropic efforts and resources on the following program areas: Access to Postsecondary Education, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor Grants.
For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit http://www.darden.com/commitment/community.asp.
What time is it? It's robotics time!!!! The 2012 season of the FIRST Robotics competition was held in March. Thousands of teams from across the country designed robots to compete in this year's competition titled Rebound Rumble. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas' robotics team was ready for the challenge. BGCD's Team 3730, winners of last year's Judges Award, are designed another winning robot.
Only in their second year of competition, Team 3730 is receiving national attention. Cherri Rowe, the Teen Coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, was selected as the National Winner in Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds Super Connector Search. In her entry, she detailed Team 3730's journey through their rookie season of the FIRST robotics competition.
BGCD's robotics team is one of the many ways that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is exposing its members to science, technology, engineering and math. The future is in STEM and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is helping prepare its members for future success.
Want to see Cherri's video? Check it out here:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas would like to request the following volunteers for our summer program:
- Culinary Arts Instructors to teach Healthy Habits for members 6-12
- Soccer Coaches to assist with teaching basic skills to youth 6-12
- Males to teach Passport to Manhood classes to boys 12-18 (Lesson plans will be provided)
- Women to teach SMART Girls to our girls 8-12 and 13-17 (Lesson plans will be provided)
- Volunteers to serve as a summer "Reading Buddy" to youth of all ages
- Volunteers to host writing camps for our members 8-12 years old
- Volunteers who can help in "The Arts" to assist with painting, dance and drama to help students 6-18 learn to appreciate the arts
- Volunteers to serve as mentors for youth 6-13 years old
Wish list Items needed for summer:
- Craft Items
- Movie Passes
- Table Games
- Sports Equipment
For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Carolyn Jordan via email at email@example.com
or by phone at (214) 821-2950 x 712.