Wow! Just like that, there are only 6 more weeks of school. Well, for Tipton Community Schools anyway. Summer looks much closer this side of Spring Break. We have special hours for the first part of summer leading to Memorial Day. We have a booklet about summer available at the Information Station. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please contact us. We are very excited about our new programs for summer because Change is a Good Thing.


You can find our monthly program calendar on the back side of this newsletter or as an additional attachment if you receive our monthly newsletter by email. In March, members enjoyed National Boys & Girls Club Week. Sundaes were a great reward for those who attended programs. One of the activities was writing an elevator speech about the Boys & Girls Club. A fourth grade member did an especially fantastic job, and his speech was featured on Nothing 2 Do as a How 2 by YouTubers. Great Futures not only learned about careers but also gave back to those who serve our community in the career area, such as dentistry and medicine. Julie showed members some exciting projects in Crafty Corner, including rockets for Boys & Girls Club Week.


Our new and returning programs this month include Torch Club, Food for Thought, Catalysts, and Fitness Challenge. Torch Club will experience Character Boot Camp, and one of the meetings will be planned by the Torch Club officers. Continuing this month, Candle Club members will be invited to join Torch Club one Monday of the month. The Torch Club will also attend a conference at the BGC of Huntington as an overnight trip on April 15th and 16th. Food for Thought will be a program featuring a book and food art project that goes along with the book. Catalysts is a science program that takes a look at exothermic reactions, in other words things that fizz and explode. Fitness Challenge was the gym activity every Monday in March and will continue in April. Members practiced activities such as jump roping, sit-ups, and hula hooping. They log their scores in order to see how much they improve.


With only six weeks left of school, it’s important that members finish strong. The homework room is a great place to get help completing and checking homework. Each day a member works quietly on their homework, he earns a ticket that can be spent on prizes. The Homework Prize Shop will be open on Friday, April 29th. Make sure your member has her tickets!


Our Teen Scene will be April 8th, and we will be going X-Site for a night of laser tag. Members need to sign up and pay $5 at the front counter. Remember we can only take 13! Members who attend will be served dinner at the Club before we leave. Don’t forget that any member in 5th grade and above is invited to attend Teen Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 pm. We provide a light meal to members that stay for this event.


Another way for our older members to get involved with the Club is to apply to be a summer CIT. Participating in this program is an exciting opportunity for any member who is currently in 7th grade above. Applications must be turned in no later than April 25th, and interviews will be held during the week of May 2nd. We appreciate our CIT’s, and they get the benefit of seeing a bit of what becoming a volunteer or staff member entails.


As you can see, there are many programs and activities happening at the Boys & Girls Club. It wouldn’t be possible without support from the community. Last month kicked off our “It Just Takes One” campaign. If you would like more information on how you can “be the one,” please speak with Dick, Amanda, or a board member. Great futures start here!