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Boys & Girls Club offering slate of summertime fun

KINGMAN - Looking for a safe and structured environment for your children this summer?

Look no further than the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman, which will start its summer program May 28.

The program is open to students from kindergarten to high school seniors from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 2. The club will be closed July 1-5.

There are two summer sessions. The first lasts five weeks from May 28 to June 28 and costs $175 for members and $190 for non-members. The second session is from July 8 to Aug. 2 and costs $140 for members and $155 for non-members, said director Bill Ward.

Partial scholarships are available to parents who meet income eligibility requirements and businesses and individuals are asked to make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund.

In any event, the per-week cost for both sessions is $35 per child and a payment plan could be arranged on a case-by-case basis, said Ward.

Here's what you get for your money: The day is broken into morning and afternoon sessions, said Ward, with structured morning activities involving four areas: physical activities; arts, crafts and games; technology; and education.

"Actually," said Ward, "each program is designed to be educational, but still fun." Participants will take part in spelling and math bees, reading programs and team-building exercises that teach collaboration.

Each program will rotate every 45 minutes with a 15-minute break in between, starting at 8 a.m.

Participants will be grouped by age and the programs are age-appropriate. The afternoon program is more of a free-flowing affair, said Ward, and youngsters can pick and choose what activities in which they want to participate.

While guests will come and talk to participants on a variety of topics Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Tuesdays and Thursdays will likely be their favorite days of the week.

"That's when we take them to the pool," said Ward.

They will have to pay the standard fare to gain access to the municipal swimming pool downtown, which is a short walk from the Boys & Girls Club.

The cost is $1.50.

What they won't have to pay for is lunch.

According to Ward, the Kingman Unified School District will provide any students 18 years old and younger with a free lunch.

"We take the lunches to the Boys & Girls Club Monday through Friday and feed them from 11 to noon," said Paula Loomis, the district's Food Services coordinator.

Loomis said about 83 percent of the families that live in the downtown area are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year. The figure is 69 percent countywide, she said.

"We'll feed any student, no questions asked," she said. "That's why this is such a wonderful program."

The federally funded lunches are "nutritionally sound" she said, based on guidelines.

The district will provide students free lunches in other areas of Kingman and Mohave County this summer, as well. Look in an upcoming edition of the Miner for details.

Ward said a particular interest would be paid to middle school students.

Those students, who are no longer in elementary school and not yet in high school, often arrive at a metaphorical fork in the road, said Ward.

Which path they take - the right one or the wrong one - could impact the rest of their lives.

Students in this age group will work in the club's snack shack, where they will learn to perform inventory, interact with customers, make change and balance the cashbox at the end of the day.

But like all efforts to nurture children, volunteers are needed.

For more information - on registering your child or children, volunteering or making a tax-deductible scholarship donation - call the club at (928) 718-0033.


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