Happy New Year!!! We hope you had a great end to 2016 with your family and friends. As we return to school and the possibility of school delays and closings, please note our Inclement Weather Policy: If Tipton Community School Corporation is closed due to weather, the Boys & Girls Club will also be closed. If TCSC closes early, the Club will be open upon dismissal. Besides the newsletter and calendar, you can also get information from and stay up to date by looking at our Facebook page (Tipton Boys & Girls Club). It is a great way to see photos and posts about what your member is up to each week.


Last month, we focused on Christmas activities. The Torch Club hosted a Christmas bake sale to raise money for their project to provide food for kids who are homeless. Many programs were chances to prepare for our first ever Christmas Showcase. For example, some members practiced “Do You Hear What I Hear” in sign language to perform. Some parents, grandparents, and siblings even came to join in the fun of watching the show. Over Christmas break, members had opportunities to participate and have fun. During the two days before Christmas, members could earn points by participating in activities like Christmas Caroling and spend their points on gifts for family and friends. It was a fun time of relaxation and recreation.


This month, we will have programs that are fun with a purpose. Cooking Club will be cooking breakfast foods. A new program this month is Jr. Animal Specialists where members can have fun learning about their favorite animals. The members who signed up for the Computer Coding program will get to participate twice a month. This is a great opportunity for members who take part. A fun new twist for the PIT activity is “BYOG,” where members can bring in their own appropriate game for the Xbox.


Many members have been taking advantage of the homework room, which is open each day. Members can earn a ticket to go towards prizes. Last month, we had a Santa’s Prize Shop, where members could spend their tickets on items for family and friends for Christmas. There was a gift-wrapping station, as well. This is one of our favorite ways to reward kids: by watching them realize that it’s better to give than to receive. The Homework Ice Cream Bar will be on January 27th, so don’t forget your tickets.


Our members in 6th grade and above have continued using the Teen Room each day to work on homework and spend time away from younger members. Last month, the teens went to X-Site and had a blast at unlimited laser tag. The January Teen Scene will be on Friday the 13th to Westfield. Members in 6th grade and above can go ice skating by signing up at the front counter and paying $5.00. Don’t forget beginning January 17th, members who are in 5th grade can join in the fun of Teen Tuesday. This is a time on Tuesdays when older members can stay from 6-7:30 pm and are served a light meal.


The start of a new year is a great time to be reminded of the Boys & Girls Club mission statement: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. And, as always, it’s important to remember: Great futures start here!


Thanks- The Directors and Staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Tipton County