2015 November E-News

November 24, 2015

Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2015: Join the movement & give back!

What’s so important about December 1st?

It’s #GivingTuesday! And it’s only ONE WEEK from today!

What’s #GivingTuesday?

Coming after days of eating and shopping,
#GivingTuesday encourages personal philanthropy,
and helps kick off the holiday season of charitable giving.
#GivingTuesday is your chance to show the world
that you can give as good as you get!

YOUR gift will make a difference!
Please donate on December 1.

 November 23, 2015
 thanksgiving cornucopia
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share what we’re thankful for.
In our case, it’s YOU:
  • the individuals and businesses that support our Clubs across the Pee Dee and help our kids succeed;
  • the parents who entrust their children to us every day after school and all summer long;
  • the dedicated board members who give generously of their “time, talent, and treasure;”
  • the staff members who know each and every child who comes through their doors, and make them feel welcome;
  • and the members who share with us their energy, enthusiasm, and dreams for the future!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area!
**Please remember that our Clubs and office will be closed Nov. 26-27 
so staff and members can enjoy the holiday with their families.**

November 6, 2015
Teen Etiquette

Area Council plaque HwyETIQUETTE_cropCongratulations to the Rick & Susan Goings Boys & Girls Club in Hemingway for their award-winning “Teen Etiquette” program, designed to help members conduct themselves with confidence and respect in any situation, and speak confidently, without fearing embarrassment. As teens began dressing well and learning to articulate their ideas, their self-esteem improved.

Thirty teens took the six-week class, guest taught by staff from the SC State University Extension program. Those with good attendance earned a field trip to a college football game in October.

Each session focused on a new etiquette skill, such as making eye contact when speaking to someone, having a firm handshake during introductions, and using the right utensils at a meal. The class also covered the importance of dressing for success as another confidence builder. Staff emphasized the difference between a teen wanting a job, and the job (i.e., those in charge) wanting them. Five participants actually applied for jobs, and were hired! They credited the chance to be in the program as one of the reasons they were so well prepared for their job interviews.

Thanks to the program’s success, staff can now allow teen members to give club tours to current and potential donors, parents, board members and new club members. In this way, teens can practice the skills they learned in the program.

Summer Academy

Area Council plaque LCsummer school 7_cropIn an effort to promote continued learning and prevent “summer slide,” the Lake City Boys & Girls Club & Youth Technology Center partnered with Florence School District 3 (FSD3) to provide a 6-week academic enrichment and instruction program to 180 students last summer. FSD3 teachers came into the Club to teach English, math, science and social studies, using group lessons, one-on-one tutoring, and an individualized online curriculum that members could use on their own. The school-Club partnership allowed staff to work on one of our highest priorities: academic success for all members.

By creating success for local students, the program also impacted the community, and especially the parents. During the 6-week program, most of the 180 students had a full day of programs, including not only academics, but also character development, physical activity, social recreation, and just plain fun- all in a safe setting.

The program taught discipline and the value of hard work. Students also learned the importance of working cooperatively in groups and having positive peer interactions, both important life skills. Members’ overall success changed their outlook on the importance of academics.

Comparing spring and fall tests scores, FSD3 found that about two-thirds of participants avoided summer learning loss or even made academic progress. That was a great success for everyone involved!

Board Member of the Year!

Ellen Pearson, who served as our first female board chair in 2013 and 2014, received the “SC Board Member of the Year” award. The SC Area Council recognized her for seven years of “above and beyond” service. Ellen has reached out to many of her community connections to gain broad support for our Clubs. She helped increase both board engagement and public awareness of our mission and our activities.

We send a BIG thank you to Ellen and all of the board members and other volunteers who help make our Clubs possible!


Heads UP!

December 1: #Giving Tuesday

December 28-31: 30th Annual Pepsi
Carolina Classic Basketball Tournament

BGCPDA ~ PO Box 93 ~ Florence, SC 29503 ~ 843-662-1142