Boys & Girls Club Happenings

A talented group of first graders perform a puppet show during social recreation time.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Tyler

From Abby Franks, club director:

The Boys and Girls Club strives toward meeting year-end financial goals. We have three large fundraisers in process to help achieve those goals: “Back a Kid” campaign, “Festival of Trees” and the Fergus Federal Credit Union/Besel Construction “Countdown to Christmas” raffle. We appreciate all involved with these campaigns/events and invite all interested to inquire for more information. The Club’s annual operating budget is just over $500,000, and it takes many hands to make our organization possible. The Club serves over 15,000 visits from youth each year and we couldn’t provide these important services to our youth and families without your help.


From Tim Painter, tobacco prevention specialist/teen director:

Junior High Program – Tuesday and Thursday after school until 6 p.m. We pick up students behind the Junior High in the Boys and Girls Club van.

High School Program – 6:45-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Fifth Quarter – The first Fifth Quarter will be held at the Boys and Girls Club after the Fergus High Football game on Oct. 6. The Club will be open from the end of the game until 11:45 p.m. This is a chance to come hang out with friends, listen to music, play pool, ping-pong, foosball, and have free ice cream. We want to provide a safe place for our students to hang out.

The Boys and Girls Club seeks volunteers for the Teen Program. If you’re interested, please contact Tim Painter at the Boys and Girls Club at 535-2257.

The Boys and Girls Club will host a Teen Program Volunteer Dinner Oct. 11, 7-8:15 p.m. Come and learn about the Teen Program and how you can get involved. Dinner is free.

Kids look to adults as role models. Make sure Fergus County kids are witnessing healthy behaviors by keeping places our kids play free of tobacco. The best way to do that is to implement tobacco-free parks.

From Christina Stomm, program director:

As some of you know, I try to instill a recycle, reuse and repurpose awareness with our youth. So I took some fourth–eighth-graders on a field trip this summer to see how some recycling is done.

Our first stop was at Snowy Mountain Industries’ recycle center. We received a great introduction and tour from the staff. They showed us what they do with boxes, cans, newspapers, paper and even shredding paper. We also got to see how bales were made, where they stacked them and were educated on who picks them up.

Our second stop was the ROWL center for plastic. Our tour guide was Rosemary Kent. She told us what plastic they take, how to prepare and bag it and where to drop it off. Then she let the kiddos grab a bag of plastic, check it out and hand it to the gentleman running the baler. They then made a bale for us to see how it is all put together. When all was said and done, Rosemary presented each of the kids with a Green bag and information sheet.

I would like to give a big shout-out to Rosemary and the staff at SMI for a great informative experience. The kids enjoyed their tours. Thank you for sharing your time.

From Jenny Casman, program director:

Welcome to the new school year. Things changed for me this year at the Club; I’m excited for the new adventure. I will be with third–sixth-graders full time. I will do STEAM, fitness and social recreation with them. We have a lot of fun things planned. We built bridges out of tin foil; the next step is to see how much weight they can hold. The kids are really excited to find out. We’ll keep you posted.



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