The early bird catches the bus

Extended hours allow for club field trips

Cultural outings and pool parties are just some of the new events that Boys & Girls Club members can enjoy this summer as part of the Early Bird program.

The introduction of Early Bird hours will help the club fulfill one of its major goals -- offering as many hours as possible to area youths. Last year, the club was open from noon to 6 p.m. This year, activities begin at 7:30 a.m.

Youths who attend the Early Bird hours will be charged $10 a day, and children who attend will be asked to bring a lunch. Family rates are also available.

Along with the new hours, this year's program will be taking field trips in and around Craig. The field trips will venture to businesses and events. The cost of the field trips will vary depending on the activity.

Director Jonathan Godes also developed the Summer Slam program to help children retain information they learned in the previous school year. The program, offered one hour a day Monday through Thursday, will give students the opportunity to work on worksheets and other related projects. Godes thinks this will help students when school resumes in the fall.

"The idea is that teachers can just spend the first week instead of the first month reviewing," Godes said.

Godes is waiting on basketball hoops to arrive that will allow teen and adult basketball sessions.

The Boys & Girls Club now has eight permanent staff members and six helping with the summer programs, but is always looking for volunteers. Godes said there are many jobs volunteers can do.

With the new schedule and plans for the summer, Godes said the club will have to come up with some ways the community can help raise funds for the club.

The Boys & Girls Club has grocery cards that can be purchased at Samuelson True Value and Jackson's Office Supply & Radio Shack. The grocery cards can be used at Safeway or City Market, and 5 percent of the proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club.

The Boys & Girls Club will have a "Meet and Greet" on Saturday for families to get to know the staff and hear about all of the new programs. Members ages 6 to 8 and their families are encouraged to attend for ice cream, fun and games from 9 a.m. to noon. Members ages 9 to 18 and their families are encouraged to participate in the activities from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call Jonathan Godes or Mike Fraher at 826-0411.

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