Fun-filled day planned by Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club Sept. 13

September 10, 2013 

The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst will celebrate "Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids," with an open house 3-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13 at the club behind Oakhurst Elementary School.

The national event is an annual family event highlighting the value of meaningful time between caring adults and children.

"We will be celebrating with an open house that will include fun outdoor games for the whole family and all activities are free to the entire community," said Melanie Baker, club board president. "This is the perfect opportunity for everyone to see the club and learn more about what it does for kids, as well as to attract new kids to our growing membership."

"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," said Ken Quenzer, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County. "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 — with serious consequences and fewer safety nets at home and in the community. BGC Day for children is one small step in rebuilding "villages" in our neighborhoods."

Quenzer said 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, the national organization has created engaging educational resources to help them encourage and develop positive relationships with children. A web site, dayforkids.org, provides tools, resources and tips that support their interactions with young people.

The club will also be participating in the Sept. 21 Heritage Days Parade.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.8 million young people through club membership and community outreach.

Known as 'the positive place for kids,' Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world.

Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst is currently serving nearly 200 youth with an average attendance of 50 per day. The Club is in need of volunteers, particularly for tutoring during Power Hour, a homework assistance program, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. daily.

Details: Peggy Decker, club director, (559) 642-4600, bgcoakhurst.com.

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