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Boys & Girls Club opens fund drive
Trinity Standard - April 2008
TRINITY – Aimed at providing year-round educational and recreational opportunities for local youth, the Boys & Girls Club of Trinity has once again kicked off its annual fund raising drive.
According to B&G Club board member Jimmie Thornton, the club has budgeted $118,000 this year to cover the cost of its programs.
“We hope to get about half of that total from this fund raising drive,” Thornton said. “The rest we expect to raise through various fund raising events throughout the year.”
Among those fund raising events planned again this year include the club’s talent show, spaghetti dinner and cake auction set for May 5.
In June, the club will again host its fund raising golf tournament at the Westwood Shores Country Club.
Thornton, who serves as the board’s treasurer, said area businesses and individuals have been very generous in the past in helping to fund the operation of the youth club.
“We already have begun to receive contributions from area businesses who give every year,” he said. “We really appreciate their donations and hope that more will follow their example.”
Those wishing to make tax deductible contributions may do so by sending checks payable top The Boys & Girls Club of Trinity to P.O. Box 665, Trinity, Texas 75862. The club’s phone number is (936) 594-0778 and its email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founding in 1999 as part of The Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas, the Trinity club became an independent part of The Boys & Girls Club of America in 2001.
With a complement of trained, professional staff and competent volunteers, the club provides after-school programs to children ranging in age from 6 to 18.
Located on the old Trinity Middle School campus at 100 West San Jacinto Street, during the summer the club is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. to provide a safe place for youngsters to met, interact and have fun while their parents are at work.
Thornton noted the after school program offered by the club now consists of two parts – the first is for the younger children and the second, and newest, is designed for high school students.
From 3-6 p.m. each weekday elementary and middle school students gather to take part of the various programs. Programs for the high school students run from 6-8 p.m. during the school year.
“We began the high school program last year,” Thornton explained. “We found that many of our members wanted to continue taking part in club activities after they graduated from middle school into high school.
“Our big attraction for the older students seems to be our basketball program, but they also are involved in other activities,” he said.
“One of the major parts of our program is the Power Hour,” Thornton explained. “We set aside an hour for the club members to work on their homework.”
Volunteers are on hand to help students with their study during the Power Hour and the club works “hand-in-hand” with Trinity school officials to help its members improve their study habits and test scores.
“If we can keep the kids up to date on their homework, the chances of them dropping our of school for academic reasons is reduced significantly,” Thornton said.
The club has its own computer lab in which members may play educational games and work on homework assignments.
Spanish-speaking tutors also are on hand to help Hispanic students with their homework and to help improve their English skills.
Another key part of the program is the sports, fitness and recreational activities.
Club members take part in a variety of team sports including basketball, soccer and volleyball, as well as in individual sports such as