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B&G Club Seeks to Raise 100K in 100 Days!

Club has busy summer, fall registration happens late July


Last Thursday, kids at the Club saw the culmination of their butterfly project with the release of the butterflies. Starting with caterpillars, the kids were involved through the cocoon, and on to the final exciting release. Pictured, L to R, are Caleb Ossowski, Mallory Davidson, Rhyann Handford, Kendal Poland, Cameron Ashley, Aiva Byer and Maliya Nguewoun.

After the MonDak Chapter of API donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the MonDak, the chapter issued a challenge to other entities to match that amount by the end of August.

All funds raised are targeted towards paying off the building and remodel, which is currently 75% paid. Remaining work includes the civil projects in front, with bumped in parking. Any other projects are probably a couple of years down the road according to Elaine Stedman, CEO. To help the Club meet this challenge, and ensure a quality after school program for children in this community, contact the Club today.

Stedman said that summer camps are going extremely well with all camps booked for the season. Upcoming programs, after the 4th of July, include Where in the World, Get Active, Express Yourself and Detective. Camps were limited to 50 kids each and filled up quickly.

The Club has provided free lunch and breakfast for kids all summer, with young ones coming to the Club and older kids able to get lunch at the food truck parked at the Sidney High School. The Dawson Club is also providing lunch at their facility. Stedman said they are serving 40 to 50 breakfasts and 70 to 80 lunches Monday through Friday.

The popular Movie in the Park wraps up with a Back to School party and a showing of "Mrs. Doubtfire" on August 15. Plans call for brats, music and the movie on the Club lawn. Bring your lawn chairs and bug spray.

Registration for the regular after school programs will take place the end of July. Check newspapers, radio and Facebook for details. Stedman said they are hoping for an enrollment of 200 kids.

The Club is very excited about the hiring of Tracy Kessel, an award winning kindergarten teacher. She will be working with kindergarten through 3rd grade students while Ethan Hoffman will lead the 4th through 8th grade kids. Stedman is pleased to add programs for middle school students beginning this fall.

In the first partnership agreement with the community, the Club is leasing classrooms to Jitterbugs for their pre-school Little Bugs program which involves four sessions per day, four days a week for three to five year olds.

The Club encourages local entities to contact them concerning the space available for various purposes since the facility is not used by the Club kids until after school.

Contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of the MonDak at 406-433-6763, [email protected] or stop by. Visit their website at http://www.richlandbgc,org for more details on upcoming programs and how to donate.


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