Chick-fil-A makes last day of summer camp, special.

Friday, August 25th was the last day of camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. The campers had a wonderful summer filled with exciting field trips to beaches, parks, museums, islands and amusement parks. Their days started with Brain Gain, a summer learning loss prevention program. Breakfast and Lunch were kindly provided by the Salem Meals program through the school department. They provided the meals through the second to last day of camp. When our Camp Director asked me to see if I could find a community partner to provide a great lunch for our campers' last day, I asked Gayla Bartlett from Chick-fil-A. Gayla immediately said yes and went above and beyond by offering their mascot to entertain our children. The mascot and Brian from their Peabody location arrived at the Club, interacted with the children, took photos and handed out the most delicious Chick-fil-A sandwich and cookie to all campers including our teens and to our staff. They had a few left over anddelivered those to other employees in our Middle School. Thank you for putting smiles on all the campers and staff faces. A wonderful way to end the summer. The children will definitely "Eat Mor Chikin" as the mascot's sign says.

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Thank you Lowe's Danvers!

Thank you Lowe's Danvers. Lowe's is supporting the children at the Boys & Girls Club, so we are supporting them. Please shop Lowe's Danvers for your home improvement needs.

Our teens stopped by to say thank you for raising money for the children in our Club. All employees will ask every customer at checkout to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. Theresa Tarbell treated our teens to a fun and engaging tour of the store; sharing lots of wisdom. The teens loved the new age appliances such as a fridge with tv screen and computer on the door. The kids asked some great questions and thanked each employee wearing a red vest for helping our Club. An alum of our Club and two of our teens' cousin works at Lowe's, which made it even more special.

Thank you WEBBTrans.com, Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Paul Tucker for a special trip to the State House!

Winners of our Live Auction State House Trip from our Back to the Prom Fundraiser were treated to a wonderful limousine ride to the State House donated and provided by WEBBTrans.com of Ipswich, MA. Joan Lovely and Paul Tucker then gave winners, Stan Szwartz and son Sam and Harold Leach and son Hunter, a VIP tour of the State House which included a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit in the Governor's Chair. Back to the Prom raised money that benefits the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. Thank you to WEBBTrans.com, Senator Lovely and Representative Tucker for donating this amazing experience. Thank you to the Szwartz/Washburn and Leach/Mew families for placing the winning and generous bid that trulymakes a positive impact on many children's lives who need us the most.

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Thank you EMD Serono for thinking of the children of Salem!

Employees of Serono were in Salem on July 12 for a conference and part of their meeting was a scavenger hunt of the city of Salem. They ended the activity by putting together 100 backpacks that included school supplies and a personal note of encouragement written by each employee to a child from our Club. Our members were so excited to receive the backpacks and are grateful to know that many people outside of our community care about them.

 

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem Host Champions Dinner

On Wednesday, June 21, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem (BGCGS) hosted their Champions Dinner at the Collins Middle School. The event brings the children of the club together to recognize their many accomplishments during the school year.

A taco buffet was graciously donated by Howling Wolf Taqueria of Salem. In addition to the delicious meal, each child received a certificate of accomplishment and s BGCGS t-shirt.

To learn about ways to get involved with the BGCGS, visit http://www.bgcgs.org.

The following students were recognized during the awards ceremony:

Boys & Girls Club Member of the Year: Dalvin Fernandez and Kayla Esterlin

Torch Club Member of Year: McKenzie Dewease and Logan Abboud

Drama Club Member of the Year: Jocelyn Salcedo and Rached Fahkri

Dance Member of the Year: J’Ke Hines and Savannah Swan

PowerHour Member of the Year: Linus Owen and Alyssa Matarazzo

Gameroom Member of the Year: William Towne and Villmarie Pena

Art Room Member of the Year: Arianna Silot and Elijah McLellan

Keystone Member of the Year: Randy Luna and Jadeliz Flores

Diploma’s 2 Degree’s Program Award: Saul De Leon and Samantha Cappola

All Day-Everyday Award: Christopher Crisostomo

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