Winn leaves Boys & Girls Club; staff prepares for summer
May is a month of changes for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.
On May 20, the organization celebrates its grand opening. On May 23, Program Director Rob Winn says goodbye. And at the end of the month, staff members will be gearing up for special summer programs.
“I’m looking to get back into teaching,” Winn said. “The hardest thing I’m going to have to do is leave the kids.”
But he’ll be working with them in a different capacity. He’s hoping to get a job in Craig or Hayden teaching between fifth grade and the high school level.
Winn’s degree is in agricultural education, and he taught at an alternative high school in Denver for three years.
Winn started at the Boys & Girls Club last August. His last day will be May 23, and he plans to get a temporary job this summer before heading back to school in the fall.
“I wanted to take a little break from a serious job environment and enjoy something a little more outdoorsy,” Winn said.
He’s excited, too, to give students individualized attention to help them develop their skills in a classroom setting.
“The four hours I spent with the kids was the best part of my day,” Winn said. “Now, as a teacher, I can spend all day with them.”
Boys & Girls Club Director Jonathan Godes said he’s sorry to see Winn leave but thinks he’s doing what’s best for him.
“More in front of the kids than with the kids is going to suit him really, really well,” Godes said.
In his absence, AmeriCorps volunteer Mike Fraher will assume his responsibilities. Eventually, Godes plans to hire a replacement.
While Winn says goodbye, the Boys & Girls Club finally says hello, officially, to the public May 20. Staff members are organizing a grand opening celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the club, 1324 E. Highway 40.
The event is sponsored by True Value, KRAI FM, the Craig Daily Press and Taco Bell. Tickets are available in advance for $5 for people 13 and older, and $3 for people 12 and younger.
They are available at KS Kreations, New Images, Taco Bell and the Boys & Girls Club.
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 for people 13 and older, and $5 for people 12 and younger.
The club has been open since October, but Godes said the staff wanted to complete projects before unveiling the finished product. The gym was finished in December, and cubbies are now installed and painted.
The club is preparing to extend its hours because schools soon will be out for summer.
The club will be open six hours a day, from noon to 6 p.m. Members’ $10 yearly dues cover these times.
A separate morning program, beginning at 7:30 a.m., will cost an additional $10 per child per day.
The club offers a discount. A child may purchase a five-punch card for $45 (a $5 savings) or a summer pass for $350 (a $100 savings).
Godes said the program will be run by the club’s staff and will include activities expected at the club.
“As a youth development organization, we do programs, we engage the kids,” he said.
Children must bring their own lunches, which they may eat between 11:30 a.m. and noon. If they come after noon, they should have eaten before they arrive.
The club will plan optional field trips every day to locations such as the pool, fish hatchery, caves, Browns Park and to hear Strings in the Mountains performances.
Field trips are an additional charge, unless they depart during the early-bird program. Then, the early-bird charge covers the cost of the field trip.
The Boys & Girls Club will close Memorial Day weekend and reopen June 13 for the summer.
For more information about the grand opening or summer programs, call the club at 826-0411.
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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