Spreading Kindness with BGC!

Fort Atkinson Boys & Girls club members recently participated in their annual Penny Drive. Club members collected money towards this year’s goal of spreading kindness in our local community. Pennies for Kindness is one of many Torch Club Projects for the organization. Torch Club is a service-learning program designed to broaden our members’ cultural horizons while teaching them about their capacities as philanthropists.

This is the sixth annual Penny Drive at the Boys & Girls Club. Each year, the Club selects a new recipient of the donated money. Past recipients include the Central Asia Institute, Jefferson County Literacy Council, Jefferson County Humane Society, Tomorrow’s Hope, Dino the K9 dog and planting trees affected by Emerald Ash Borer. Over the years, Club members have collected nearly $4,000 to donate to these causes.

This year, member’s at all four sites were able to raise $652.92 for the project. The Purdy Club raised $292.90, Barrie $127.78, Rockwell $119.22 and Luther $116.50. The money raised was used for a variety of projects that included having Club members create inspiration rocks to hand out and place around town, kindness cards and cookies for the elementary school staff. The Club also bought ice cream at Frostie Freeze for patrons on Wednesday, April 11th in an effort to encourage kindness and paying it forward.

These projects were also a part of National Boys & Girls Club of America week, which is a week to celebrate and highlight the important work of Clubs across the country. Locally the Club hosted several programs that focused on the future of our members, our youth development program coordinators and giving back in our community. “ We are very proud of our Club and the work we do for our members. National BGCA Week is a great reminder of how important it is to invest in our youth and all the great things happening at our Club like Pennies for Kindness.” Said Melissa Napiorkowski, the Director of Operations.

Thank you to all those who donated and participated in this project. We hope you are inspired to pay it forward and be kind!

Reflecting on National BGCA Week

National BGCA Week was last week, April 9th-13th. Clubs across the country celebrated- showcasing all the wonderful things that happen behind our Blue Doors and the caring, trained youth development professionals who mentor our Club members.

Our Club hosted several special programs and events  including spirit days, our day of service spreading kindness, a carnival and our 2nd Annual Junior Youth of the Year event.

Simply stated- our Club is something to be proud of. It takes the dedication and hard work of our Club staff, our Board, countless community volunteers and generous donors to make this all happen day in and day out. All of our work has a very important purpose- to make sure our community kids have a fun, safe and educational place to go during the crucial after school hours.

Thank you for celebrating with us, thank you for being a part of our story and our mission.

Alicia Norris

Club Director

Give Your Two Cents for Kindness

Give your two cents. 

Boys & Girls of Fort Atkinson Club Members kicked off their annual penny drive on Friday, February 16th. Pennies for Kindness will run from February 16th-March 23rd. The Boys & Girls Club will be collecting pennies and other monetary donations for their Club members to participate in “random acts of kindness” in April.  Pennies for Kindness is one of many Torch Club Projects for the organization. Torch Club is a service-learning program designed to broaden our members’ cultural horizons while teaching them about their capacities as philanthropists.

This is sixth annual Penny Drive at the Boys & Girls Club. Each year, the Club selects a new recipient of the donated money. Past recipients include the Central Asia Institute, Jefferson County Literacy Council, Jefferson County Humane Society, Tomorrow’s Hope, Dino the K9 dog and the Beautification Council. Over the years, Club members have collected nearly $4,000 to donate to these causes.

Locally the pennies raised will be used throughout the community for random acts of kindness during National Boys & Girls Club Week April 9th-13th. Club members will be brainstorming a variety of ways to spread kindness in our community including leaving money in vending machines, buying meals or groceries for random community members or giving back to influential groups in the community like veterans and educators.

To kick the project off, Boys and Girls Club members from Barrie, Rockwell, Purdy and Luther Elementary school sites gathered at Luther on February 16th  after early school dismissal, for an afternoon of fun learning activities which center around the importance of trees. Each Boys and Girls Club school site will collect pennies and other spare change from their members and together the change will be collectively counted on March 23rd.

The Boys & Girls Club is asking members to collect pennies and other spare change. Every child can find and bring in pennies and members are encouraged to search for pennies by cleaning out the car or in between the couch cushions. If members from the community are interested in supporting the project, they should contact the Club at 920-568-8858.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Atkinson was established in 2006 to provide the children of Fort Atkinson a positive place for afterschool. Boys & Girls Club programs help young people find positive alternatives to negative influences, especially during the critical after-school hours from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when juvenile crime doubles. The Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson currently serves over 270 Club members who attend Purdy, Luther, Rockwell and Barrie Elementary School. Torch Club is among many programs and activities offered at the Club. The Club’s programs focus on academic success, good character and leadership and healthy lifestylesFor more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson, visit their website at www.bgcfortatkinson.org or “Like” the Club on Facebook or Instagram.

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