Public invited to be part of Boys and Girls Club Week celebration

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Boys and Girls Club member Luke Hammond gets his balloon in place for the Cowboy relay on Monday. The members had to get into cowboy boots and hats run up the floor with a balloon between their legs, pop it and race back to their teammates. This was just one of many fun cowboythemed events planned for Boys and Girls Club Week.

The Boys and Girls Club of Dawson County is celebrating Boys and Girls Club Week the “Cowboy Way” April 9-13 and they invite the public to join them.

The community is invited to participate in the celebration on Friday, April 13 at the club during the “open the door, take a tour” event.

Tina Carter, director of the Boys and Girls Club, is excited to welcome community members to the club and encourages people who have already been to the facility to check out the changes they have made.

The tour will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Friday. Hot dogs, chips, s’mores and goodies will be served.

Throughout the week, the kids in the club are participating in a multitude of activities all related to the cowboy history.

“Each day will be all cowboy things: the snacks, games and activities such as cowboy relay races, bull riding and different activities in relation to cowboys,” Carter said.

On Wednesday the kids will take a break from the cowboy theme to participate in making dog treats for Second Hand Paws for service project day.

The Boys and Girls Club of Dawson County has come a long way since it first opened its doors in 1998. The club was housed in a couple of locations before they found their permanent home, Carter, who has been with the club almost eight years, noted.

Carter described the new advances the current building has made to fully utilize the space for the club.

There is now a fully finished basement, a movie theater, two pool tables, air hockey, an art room and a complete upstairs where the kids are able to focus on homework.

The kids have different spaces in the building that are used exclusively for specific activities. Whether they are playing, doing homework or doing specific activities, they have a comfortable space for doing so.

After the kids are picked up from their schools, they enjoy a small snack before jumping into a physical activity to burn off some energy.

They then move into Power Hour, which is their homework time, with the program director Jade Thompson.

Thompson helps the kids with their work when needed and sets up learning activities for the kids who do not have homework.

The non-profit club does have necessities to keep the program running smoothly and Carter explained, “We can always use money, but one of the hardest things to come by now is finding good employees and staff. Businesses around town seem to feel the same way. That’s one of our biggest needs.”

There are other ways to help the club as well.

“If anyone would like to be a board member, volunteer, we would gladly welcome any of that,” Carter added.

There is always a lot going on at the Boys and Girls Club of Dawson County, Carter said.

Following their cowboy week, club organizers will be getting ready for the upcoming events.

In May they will be hosting MLB Jr. Home Run Derby and in June they will put on the Stick Horse Rodeo.

Along with their weekly program that has the average daily attendance of 32 kids, the Boys and Girls Club is also planning for its summer program. Carter said the summer program will likely be Monday-Friday like they have one in the past.

Carter and the rest of the staff are looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces at their “open the door, take a tour” event at 111 W. Bell Street in Glendive from 4-6 p.m. on April 13.

For more information about the Boys and Girls Club programs, call the club at (406) 377-7999.