Lakewood, WA — The National Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids will be held on September 20, 2008, but the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound will be joining together a day earlier, on September 19. Kids from local Tacoma Clubs will be bussed in to the Lakewood Branch for an afternoon of games and excitement. Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound is teeing up to celebrate “Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids,” (BGC Day for Kids) a major annual family event highlighting the value of meaningful time between caring adults and children. In Lakewood, BGC Day for Kids will be celebrated with thousands of parents and kids participating in an event at the:
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Lakewood Branch at the Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center, 10402 Kline Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. (253) 502-4665. Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
There will be various activities offered for children of all ages. Using stations throughout the Club kids will indulge in popcorn and cotton candy while enjoying a game of mini putt golf, or singing karaoke to a live audience. The Lakewood fire and police departments will also be in attendance to cheer the kids on as they run from station to station playing games and having a great time.
Unlike most other industrialized nations, the U.S. is one of the few nations that does not have an official day set aside to honor its young people. In a country ranked first in wealth and productivity, we do not have a day in which we recognize our most precious resource. While many Americans recognize the link between spending meaningful time with their kids and the tough issues facing young people, they say they don’t have the time, skills or resources to do as much for their children as they feel they should.
“We created Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids to foster stronger relationships between adults and children by educating them on the importance and value of spending meaningful time together,” says Rick Guild, President / CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. “BGC Day for Kids provides an opportunity for parents and caring adults to reconnect and get reenergized about helping our young people reach their full potential.”
It’s no secret that America’s youth need our help. From academic failure and gang activity to poverty, drugs and violence, they face a daunting array of problems ‚Äì with serious consequences and fewer safety nets at home and in the community. BGC Day for kids is one small step in rebuilding “villages” in our neighborhoods; providing young people with the skills and motivation they need to BE GREAT, while protecting them from the dangerous problems they face every day.
Regardless of background, there are no boundaries to the potential of every child. In the same way, there are no limits to the many ways in which to spend meaningful time with a young person. To assist parents, practitioners and other caring adults, BGCA has created engaging educational resources to help them encourage and develop positive relationships with kids. A year-round web site, www.dayforkids.org, will provide tools, resources and tips that support their interactions with young people.
An estimated 1,500 Day for Kids events are planned nationwide, all events are open to the public.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America leads the national campaign with support from several non-profit partners, including America’s Promise, Association of Children’s Museums, Association for Library Services to Children, Communities in Schools, Easter Seals, Youth Services to America, Kids Sports Network and Home Safety Council.