BRIGHT FUTURES- reflections on our 3pm Campaign Week.

It is hard to believe it is the middle of August already. We wrapped up our annual 3PM Campaign Week last week and are finishing up our summer program next week before the 2018-2019 school year starts on Tuesday, September 4th.

Our 3PM Campaign Week was amazing. We spent a week out and about in the community with Club staff, members & families and board volunteers all in an effort to increase awareness about the importance of after school programs like the Boys & Girls Club. Now more than ever, kids need organizations like ours to keep them safe, engaged and on a path to success.

Research has shown that after school programs provide critical life skills for kids to succeed both in school and life. According to Afterschool Alliance, 88% of parents who have kids regularly participating in afterschool programs developed strong social skills, 78% improve their behavior at school and make better decisions, and 77% gain workforce skills like teamwork, leadership and critical thinking. At the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson, 75% of our Club members said they feel like they can make a difference in their community, 93% feel confident that they can do most things if they try their best and 92% said they try to help people if they are having a problem.

We could not do this without the support of our community. We appreciate the continued support to make this vital program happen so we can continue inspiring BRIGHT FUTURES for hundreds of kids each year.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Back2School Bash- Friday, August 24th from 3-6pm at Jones Park
Duck Race and Day for Kids- Saturday, September 15th at Bicentennial Park
NEW Harvest for the Club Dinner- Wednesday, October 10th at Kutz Dairy Farm LLC

With thanks- Alicia Norris


Duck Race sponsorships available through 7/20!

Our annual Duck Race and Day for Kids is coming up on Saturday, September 15th at Bicentennial Park. We have several sponsorship opportunities available to support this great family-friendly event. All proceeds from this event will support our local after school programs.

Sponsorship agreements should be returned to Alicia Norris by Friday, July 20th.Pause


Red Nose Day 5/24


From now until June 2nd, patients and community members can participate and show their support by donating funds towards the Red Nose Campaign. All donations will be benefiting Fort Atkinson’s Boys & Girls Club. Dr. Leslie Showalter will be matching all donations collected at the Rock River Dental Clinic up to $150.00. Donations can be made in person at Rock River Dental or by mail at 1951 Commerce Pkwy., Fort Atkinson  

Rock River Dental Staff and Boys & Girls Club board members gathered together to kick off the fundraising campaign. “We are always happy to support our local community.  We love the concept of the Red Nose Campaign and found it to be a great opportunity to support our local Boys and Girls Club!” said Dr. Leslie Showalter, owner of Rock River Dental. “The Boys & Girls Club appreciates the support of our community and local businesses like Rock River Dental. Fundraising projects like this bring awareness to the needs of the youth in our community and the Club is proud to support kids during crucial out of school times in a fun, safe, and positive environment," said Alicia Norris, BGC Director.

Participants are encouraged to purchase their own Red Nose at Walgreens and have their photo taken at Rock River Dental while making their donation.  They are also encouraged to tag Rock River Dental on their Facebook and Instagram pages with #Rock River Dental #Rednoseday #NosesOn

“Red Nose Day is Run by Comic Relief Inc. The mission is to end child poverty -One Nose At A Time. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy, and educated.

Red Nose Day has raised more than $100 million in the U.S. in three years to help end child poverty. Walgreens customers have helped to support the program through purchases of Red Noses, other Red Nose Day merchandise and cash donations, which provide funds for nutritious meals, essential medicine, clean water and other vital aid and education-based services to children in America and around the world.

Beneficiaries of the Red Nose Day Fund include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which provides safe places for children to learn and play after school; Children’s Health Fund, which brings essential medical services to underserved children; hunger relief organization Feeding America; Save the Children, which provides critical early childhood programs, as well as charity: water; City Year; Covenant House; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; International Rescue Committee; Laureus Sport for Good; Oxfam America; Rotary/End Polio Now; UnidosUS; and The Global Fund.”

This year, the Red Nose Day campaign will culminate in a night of special television programming celebrating Red Nose Day on May 24, starting at 7 p.m. Central time/ 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.


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(Pictured (left to right front row first):  Dave Geiger, BGC Board; Dr. Leslie Showalter; Rock River Dental; Kali Write, Rock River Dental; Maritza Xochipa, Rock River Dental, Melissa Napiorkowski, Director of Operations, BGC; LeighAnn Scheuerell, BGC Board, Alicia Aguilera,BGC Board; Kathy Dorn, Rock River Dental; Amy Larson, Rock River Dental; Lu Stricker., Rock River Dental; Courtney Crandall Rock River Dental; Katie Goodman, Rock River Dental; Dr. Kelly Groskopf, Rock River Dental; Natalie Kraus, Rock River Dental; Jenna Allard, Rock River Dental Connie Flood, Rock River Dental.