Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club has received three fully-funded scholarships from the Friends Academy W.A.T.C.H. committee. The scholarships will enable the club to enroll three children into the summer Project Learn program, a well-rounded curriculum including a wide range education plan, sports and outdoor activities, hands on arts & crafts and technology projects, performing arts and in-house special themed day events.
W.A.T.C.H. – We Are The Community Helpers- is a Friends Academy committee encouraging and organizing students to get actively involved in various community outreach projects. Throughout the year, more than 50 Friends Academy students have been volunteering at the club on a weekly basis, helping club members with homework help during
Power Hour as well as getting involved with a variety of special events and projects including organizing a basketball tournament where members received healthy snacks and t-shirts for their participation.
“Friends Academy students really enjoy helping the kids with homework. They spend a lot of time doing their own homework and know how challenging it can be to focus on this after a long day at school. Our students wanted to end the year with a fun event so they organized a basketball tournament. I loved watching the Friends Academy kids playing with the Boys & Girls club kids,” said Judith James, Friends Academy Library Director & Community Service.
“We are grateful to Friends Academy and all the students who volunteer with us through the W.A.T.C.H. Their professionalism coupled with their enthusiasm and energy they bring to the club every week is very inspiring to our members. It is also very rewarding to see the bond the kids have developed with the volunteers. These positive relationships have made such a huge impact on our members,” commented Melissa Rhodes, GCBGC Executive Director.
For working parents, and especially single mothers, the summer program with extended day option, provides a safe and well-supervised environment while keeping their children actively involved in learning. The three scholarships, valued at $1,100, will enable three club members to attend the six-week program.