By Megan Lindell, Marketing & Events Associate, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound
The Lakewood Boys & Girls Club’s Torch Club is proud to present “Pay it Forward” on Thursday, January 13th from 7-9pm at the Lakewood Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. Part of the Linking Hearts and Hands National Community Service Project through Boys & Girls Clubs of America, this event kicks off a ten week project designed to serve the youth within the Lakewood community.
After much investigation, Torch Club members decided to focus their community service project on the ever-rising obesity problem within the Lakewood area. The city of Lakewood has an estimated 28.5% obese population in people over 25 years of age. Parents are at the forefront of teaching their children healthy lifestyle choices, including exercise and nutrition. Torch Club members will teach the parents that healthy nutrition can be fun and affordable and that exercise does not have to be a chore. Healthy samples of food will be served along with recipes and cost sheets for these dishes. Each classroom will have a 15-20 minute sample of various exercise programs that will include both kids and adults. In the weeks following this event, Torch Club members will host exercise classes free of charge, 1-2 nights per week at the Club. These classes will also include both adults and children, ultimately building on a healthier family unit.
Pay it Forward
Thursday, January 13th
Lakewood Boys & Girls Club at the Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center
10402 Kline Street SW
Lakewood WA, 98499
Torch Club, a program of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is a chartered small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11-13 focusing on character development. Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. Torch Club Awards are presented annually to Torch Clubs with outstanding programs and activities in the four areas. Each year, Torch Club members from all over the country take part in a service-learning experience through the National Torch Club Project. The Torch Club program is sponsored by Staples, Inc. and Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound serves over 11,000 children and teens at 9 branch Clubs as well as 7 outreach sites throughout Pierce, Kitsap and Mason Counties. The Clubs offer programs designed to enhance personal growth and education, tutoring, computer skills, delinquency prevention, the arts, sports training, league involvement and much more. Through quality professional staff and a fun positive environment, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound assist thousands of kids to develop much needed life skills, self-esteem and positive values. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, please call (253) 502-4600 or visit their website at BGCSPS.ORG.