2016 February E-News

GSSM

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Club kids get individualized help with their school work.

Twice a week another 13 GSSM students help kids learn  fitness skills by playing games.

Twice a week another 13 GSSM students help kids learn  fitness skills by playing games.

It’s hard enough to be an “A” student at the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville! But 23 GSSM students are also helping some Hartsville Club members succeed academically.

Twice each week, these dedicated volunteers take a study break to meet one-on-one with 4th and 5th grade Club members on the GSSM campus, and help them STUDY! They’re working with the younger students in math and reading, and making sure that everyone understands the material well enough to complete their homework. These study pairs stay together for an entire school year.

While these students are hard at work at the school, another 13 GSSM volunteers visit the Club to work with groups of 4th and 5th graders on a variety of fun games and fitness activities. They may play tag or kickball, or teach basic soccer skills. The focus is on anything that will get and keep kids active- now and as they grow up.

We are so very grateful for the time, talent, and enthusiasm that these young volunteers bring. Thanks to them, our Hartsville members are getting an extra boost in two especially important areas: academic success and a healthy lifestyle.


FMU Nursing

One health lesson was on hand-washing.

One health lesson was on hand-washing.

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Baby carrots were a big hit!

With “Healthy Lifestyles” as one of our three most important Club goals, a partnership with the nursing program at Francis Marion University is a perfect fit! Students from FMU’s “Population Focused Nursing and Health Policy” course (25-50 per semester) take turns visiting the Club twice a week. Using the Healthy People 2020 guidelines, and consulting with Club staff, the nurses-to-be develop appropriate lessons for our members on basic health topics, including washing hands, brushing teeth, choosing nutritious foods for snacks, and practicing good hygiene during cold and flu season.

Based on class and online resources or their own special talents and interests, the nursing students plan activities such as discussions, songs, art projects, poster contests (above), or food tastings (below). Whatever they do, the kids are learning new information and skills to keep themselves (and their family and friends) healthy. And the nursing students learn important communication skills for working with children and families. THANKS!


New Board Members

Robb Sasser took over as board chair at the 2015 annual meeting.

Robb Sasser took over as board chair at the 2015 annual meeting.

Congratulations and welcome to five new board members, who will be installed officially at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 16.

Thanks to these individuals for joining us to work for youth in the Pee Dee:
*Dr. Randy Bridges
*Les Echols
*Rev. Merritt Graves
*Patricia Parr
*Jeff Steve

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