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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Please support the local businesses that support our local children. Visit Captain Dusty's Ice Cream, E.W. Hobbs in the Salem Willows and Pizza World. Our children had a wonderful day filled with fun and treats. Thanks to all who made a difference in their lives!
Congrats to Angel, Brooke, Eva, Jocelyn, Jordyn, Nick, Logan, Juliana, Melanie & Gabby for being recognized as "Camper of the Day" and "Camper of the Week!" A special shout out to Staff Ashley for winning "Staff of the Week."
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.
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.
Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Paul Tucker visited the campers and they were excited to show them their daily Brain Gain Activities. The children thanked them both for all they do for the kids of Salem!
Our teens have taken trips to Castle Rock in Marblehead, visited the JFK library in Boston, spent the day at Nahant Beach, had an amazing day at Canobie Lake Park, joined an information session and tour of Boston College and much more!
Over 100 campers and staff from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem enjoyed a wonderful and joyful day at Canobie Lake Park! Look at all those SMILES!
Our 5 - 7 year old campers enjoy Leadership Week. They had a Leadership Parade and explained that "Leaders are strong... Leaders take care...Leaders help people in need... and Leaders treat others the way they want to be treated."
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