Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

April 5, 2013

YOUR VIEWS: Help celebrate Boys & Girls Clubs Week

GLASGOW — Dear Editor:

It all started in 1860, when three women in Hartford, Conn., decided to take in some “street urchins” – undernourished, dirty-faced young boys with little more than ragged clothes on their backs, the hard-luck, forgotten kids of the Industrial Revolution.

They didn’t know it then, but these caring ladies were the planting seeds of what would become a true American success story. Their idea took root as Boys’ Clubs, which soon began to sprout throughout New England and eventually across the nation.

By 1906, 53 independent clubs were operating. The local leaders decided a national federation was needed to further the important mission of reaching out to children in need. They established the Federated Boys’ Clubs, which later became Boys’ Clubs of America.

Fast forward to 2013. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, including Boys & Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County, is a network of 4,000 locations around the nation and on U.S. military bases here and abroad. It is a remarkable tale that truly reflects the very story of America through the 20th century. Throughout this year, we will tell that story – the lives changed and saved, the communities turned around, the kids who conquered overwhelming odds to succeed, the caring individuals and supporters who make it all possible.

As we celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, we pause to thank the many caring people who make our mission a reality:

– The thousands of dedicated Club professionals who devote their lives to guiding our young people every day.

– The countless, generous individuals – Club board volunteers and donors – who support our work through their selfless commitment of time, talent and treasure.

– The caring corporations, foundations and government leaders who actively partner with us to reach unserved communities that need the benefits of a Boys & Girls Club.

– And the families and parents who, every day, entrust to us America’s most precious natural resources:  our young people.

We are so excited to begin our seventh year of operation as the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County. We commit to keep providing hope and opportunity, being the positive place and welcome over 140 children everyday and in doing so, changing lives and changing our community.

Boys & Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County hopes you will join us in celebrating National Boys & Girls Club Week on April 14-20. A week of hope and opportunity for the entire community. 

For more information on activities or to get involved at the club, please call 629-3871 or stop by 301 Bunche Ave.

Thank you for making it possible.

Sincerely,

Kelly Lile Jenkins, Chief Professional Officer &

Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County Board of Directors & Professional Staff

Thank you Glasgow, Ky.

Dear Editor,

We came to see “The Little Mermaid,” at Highland Elementary School.

Thank you children, parents, teachers and community, it was awesome.

A special thanks to Emily Campbell, as Ariel and Lauren Campbell as Flounder. You made Mawmaw and Pawpaw so proud.

Vernon, Virginia and Serena Sowder

Mount Vernon, Ky.

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