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Boys and Girls Club offering school-related programs

Published 10:31am Monday, August 26, 2013

The Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area is focused on life skills and personal development – including providing help with the work children are doing in the classroom, according to Marketing Director Stacey Jeffcoat.
Jeffcoat said all area clubs utilize a program Monday through Thursday called Power Hour, which is a daily structured tutorial program.
“When the kids get to the clubs, they spend an hour getting assisted with homework,” Jeffcoat said. “Most unit directors – with parent approval – coordinate with the children’s teachers to track their progress in school to see what areas they need assistance in.”
According to a release, the program is “enhanced by a web-based program we use called Google Scholar Academy, Success Maker and other high-yield learning activities.”
The Boys and Girls Club also hosts a program for middle school and high school club members providing college-bound programming, Jeffcoat said.

“It’s a program where we have people come in and speak and encourage them to stay in school. We also take teens to tour college campuses,” Jeffcoat said.
“A lot of these kids never get to see the University of Alabama or Auburn campuses.
“We also have people come in to the units to teach them how to write a resume, dress for a job interview and help with life skills,” Jeffcoat added.
Another component of the Boys and Girls Club called Project FUN  (Fitness, Understanding and Nutrition) focuses on health and wellness.
“We promote healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle with all the children,” Jeffcoat said.
The Boys and Girls Club is “not just a daycare or babysitting service,” Jeffcoat said – it provides much more.
“We do mentoring, tutoring, character and leadership,” Jeffcoat said.
“We teach our teens how to manage money and offer scholarship opportunities to our members. There are lots of great things – we do arts and crafts, sports and fun stuff, too – but we’re trying to assist these parents in helping these children with school.”
Chief Professional Officer Melissa Reynolds said in a release, “What people do not realize is we have qualified staff members to assist their children, and the best part about us is we have fun in the afternoon and are less expensive than any other program in our area.”
Jeffcoat said the regular fee schedule is $25 weekly, but the club will be running a special from Aug. 26 – Sept. 30.
“You can join any of our units for zero registration fee and for $15 a week instead of $25,” Jeffcoat said.
Hours of operation are 2:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., and snacks are provided to all children that are involved.
To contact the Boys and Girls Club, contact the administrative office at 256-234-4757.

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