Wooster to Celebrate Boys and Girls Club Month in November
WOOSTER, Ohio — A proclamation by the Mayor of Wooster has designated November as Boys and Girls Club Month in recognition of the local organization’s noteworthy impact on young people in the community. Established in 2014, the Boys and Girls Club of Wooster currently has 150 members in grades 5-8, more than 80 of which regularly attend before-school or after-school activities at Edgewood Middle School, where a new addition for the club is scheduled to open in January.
The Boys and Girls Club provides programs and services to “promote and enhance the development” of young people “by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence,” things the Wooster chapter does very well, according to local Board President Chuck Cooper.
"Great things are happening at the Boys and Girls Club of Wooster, and we are excited to celebrate our rapid growth during the past three years,” said Cooper. “Our new building at Edgewood Middle School will be done soon so our members will have a place to call their own; our community partnerships continue to grow and develop; and our executive director, Christine Montelione, and her staff continue to develop productive, exciting, and fun programs.
“Most importantly, we are finding better ways to make a difference in the lives of the kids we serve,” added Cooper. “With the help and support of our community, we have been very fortunate to come a long way in a short period of time. I can't wait to see what the next three years will bring.”
The national Boys and Girls Club of America traces its roots back to Hartford, Conn., where three women joined forces to provide safe haven and a positive environment for boys who were roaming the streets of that city in 1860. Nearly 50 years later, the organization was officially federated in Boston, and in 1990, girls were invited to join. Since its inception, the organization has grown and flourished, giving young people a place to learn and grow while beginning to shape their future.
Wooster’s club, though much newer, is no less passionate about the mission of the national organization. “We have worked hard to create a program with a wide reach to encourage our members to experience new things each day,” said Montelione. “The goal is to serve the youth of Wooster so that they can reach their full potential.”
Highlights of Boys and Girls Club Month include a fundraiser at City Square Steakhouse, through which patrons can order off a special menu and direct half the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club; and the dedication of Buddy Benches at each of the four elementary schools, where children seeking a friend or playmate can go so that other children will know to invite them to play at recess. There will also be special programing activities at the club, and a three-point shooting fundraiser through The College of Wooster’s basketball team.
For more information or to make a donation to the local Boys and Girls Club, call 330-439-9629 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.