Boys & Girls Club to extend program to Golden Valley starting this summer

For the first time ever, a Boys & Girls Club program will be offered in Golden Valley.

Summer Magic, a summer program that is also offered at the Kingman Boys & Girls Club, will be offered at Eagle Academy, a charter school in Golden Valley, starting May 29.

"The Boys & Girls Club board of directors has been planning this for about a year, but we thought it would take longer.

We are very happy," said Boys & Girls Club program director Noreen Frisch.

The board of directors at both the Boys & Girls Club and Eagle Academy recently approved the program.

"When we built this building we wanted it to be a community-use facility and we wanted programs for kids, so we are very excited," said Mary Stuart, supervisor of student services at Eagle.

Stuart said the academy will also be open for Title I summer school for grades 1-8.

If funding is available, the Boys & Girls Club after school program at Eagle Academy will continue through the fall.

More than 542 youth ages 6 to 18 participated in Boys & Girls Clubs programs in Kingman last year.

Currently the club averages about 130 kids a day, Frisch said.

"The Boys & Girls Club is not just a place kids go to keep out of trouble.

It is a place where they can pursue their interests, broaden their viewpoints, nurture their talents – and have some good old-fashioned fun," Frisch added.

"We saw a need for a program in Golden Valley.

In the valley everyone is spread out so far," she said.

"Now kids will have a place to meet and have fun – and learn at the same time.

I think parents will be excited."

In order for the program to move forward a minimum of 31 participants are needed.

An application must be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian and the $12 Boys & Girls Club membership fee, good from Jan.

1 through Dec.

31, must be paid in advance along with $110 fee for the 5-week summer program.

The summer program, called "Summer Magic" will be held from 7:30 a.m.

to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, with Boys & Girls Clubs activities continuing until 5:30 p.m.

If the Boys & Girls Club receives more funding in the form of grants or donations they will continue to offer the after-school program in Golden Valley.

The cost for each child to attend that program is the $12 yearly fee.

"The $12 fee does not cover the $250 it costs for a child to attend the after-school program during the school year.

If funding becomes available we will continue in the fall," Frisch said.

Frisch is happy with the facilities being offered by Eagle Academy for the program.

In addition to a new gym, craft projects and experiments will be held in a tiled room with a sink and refrigerator.

Classrooms will also be available for reading programs.

"There will be a lot of outdoor physical activities and water games, and we may even plant a garden," she said.

"We do a lot during the summer.

There is never a dull moment."

Boys and girls will be supervised in terms of safety and citizenship with a minimum of two program assistants.

In addition to the activities planned, the program also includes the Smart Moves Program, designed to build kids self-esteem to help keep them off drugs, alcohol and tobacco, Frisch said.

For more information call Frisch at 718-0033.