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December 23, 2011
Educators, mentors and parents are putting an extra emphasis on literacy skills to help America's youth beat the odds and graduate. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is no different. With support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the club has teamed up with Developmental Studies Center to implement AfterSchool KidzLit, a reading enrichment program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Boys & Girls Club of Washington County is one of 10 organizations across the country selected to receive a $5,500 grant to implement the after-school program for its youth members.
NEWS
April 2, 2010
April Holmes has overcome the odds to become a champion. Holmes will be the keynote speaker at the 21st annual Steak & Burger Dinner to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County Thursday, April 22, at Hager Hall in Hagerstown. Holmes is a champion who refused to give up after a tragic accident in 2001 that caused her to lose part of her left leg below the knee. "Last fall our staff attended a training sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and April spoke at one of the sessions," said Buck Browning, director of development, commenting on how Holmes was selected as this year's speaker.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 15, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Kirksten Mitchell says her life has been shaped by her involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County. It was where the 17-year-old first became serious about playing basketball. The North Hagerstown High guard recently scored the 1,000th point of her high school career. She learned how to be successful in school and in life during the Boys & Girls Clubs camps and after-school program. She learned from older students -- who she calls her mentors -- who taught her to stay away from bad influences and take her schoolwork seriously.
NEWS
March 31, 2003
Julie Simmons and Bill Ross have joined the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. Simmons, marketing director of Valley Mall, will serve on the resource development and marketing committee. Ross, director of distribution for Staples in the mid-Atlantic region, will serve on the resource development and marketing committee. Buck Browning, director of operations, recently completed the National Training Associates program for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta and will serve as a consultant for other clubs.
NEWS
November 1, 2004
Digital Arts, a new program offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County and funded by a grant received from the Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families, is giving children instruction on technology. The club is providing instruction in five components of digital arts: · Photo Illustration · Music Making · Movie Making · Web Design · Graphic Design Each component includes a festival where participants are judged on their creativity, effort and participation.
NEWS
August 15, 2009
Participants in the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County enjoyed an evening at the Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball game thanks to the kindness of a local family. On July 18, the club chartered a bus and took 45 club members, parents and volunteers to the game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., courtesy of John and Natalie Hershey III. "It was a super evening," John Hershey said. "I think we all had a great time and got to see a very close game.
NEWS
August 6, 2007
The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County will begin serving children in Hancock in the coming school year and will continue a program in Cascade, according to a press release from the organization. Through a rural outreach initiative funded by the Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families, children in Hancock and Cascade will have their own Boys & Girls Clubs. The club has been in Cascade for several years, according to the release. "We are extremely excited about the opportunity to impact the lives of children in each community," said Buck Browning, director of development for the Boys & Girls Club.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | April 29, 2007
As a youngster, Buck Browning pounded basketballs in the gym of his local Boys & Girls club. Even after he left, he realized the doors never close. Now 38, Browning apologized that he could not contain his enthusiasm as he talked about one of the only jobs he has ever known. On a snowy day, when Washington County Public Schools were closed, Browning was back at home - touring the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County facility on Pennsylvania Avenue. "There's magic in here, there really is, and you don't get to meet the magic until the kids are here because they bring it," said Browning, the director of development for the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.
NEWS
September 25, 2009
The JCPenney Afterschool Fund has awarded a $6,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County to help local youths continue to attend the club's after-school programs. Funds from the grant will cover the expense of attending the club, including staff supervision by full-time, trained youth development professionals; exposure to tried and proven programs; access to community service initiatives; transportation; snacks; and time spent in a safe environment. Boys & Girls Clubs of America has received funding and support from the fund for more than 10 years.
NEWS
June 15, 2009
High Rock Studios recently teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County to help students develop a new Web site for Children In Need, another local nonprofit. During May and June, the staff from High Rock took turns teaching students how to build a Web site from start to finish. The students designed the Web site on an iMac computer donated by Left Brain Foundation, an organization founded by High Rock Studios to help worthy local and regional causes. "Computer literacy is an important step toward bridging the digital divide," said Founder and President Rich Daughtridge.
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NEWS
August 30, 2013
Valley Storage will hold a benefit car wash and vendor show Saturday with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the storage facility at 201 All Star Court in Hagerstown It is locally owned by Todd and Tina Snook. The community-based event will include a free car wash (donations appreciated), food, raffles and lots of local vendors and businesses. The public is invited. It is a pet-friendly event.
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NEWS
August 2, 2013
Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples Inc., awarded $3,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Washington County under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The grant will be used to support its teen leadership program and club member reading program. The program sets expectations for teens, such as punctuality, dressing appropriately for work, and following club rules. The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation, which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to nonprofit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
To support after-school programs across the country, JCPenney has launched a nationwide philanthropic campaign that invites customers to round up their purchases and donate the difference to Boys and Girls Clubs. The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County is one of the beneficiaries of the campaign during the month of July. The event will run through July 31. “There's never been a more important time to support after-school programs as a valuable community resource that helps to bridge the education gap,” said Jim Deaner, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.
NEWS
By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com | April 25, 2013
The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County held its 23rd Annual Steak and Burger Dinner on Thursday night that featured former Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover as the Keynote Speaker. “It means the world to me to be able come here and help a cause that's greater than any one person,” said Stover. Stover played with Ravens from 1996-2008 and retired from the NFL after playing the 2009 season with the Indianapolis Colts. He was part of the Ravens' Super Bowl championship team following the 2000 regular season and was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in 2011.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
Everyday in the Eastern Panhandle there are individuals making a difference in the life of a child. On Thursday, May 2, the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle will honor the memory of one of these individuals who touched the community and the lives of many local children. The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle's 2013 Champion for Youth Honoree is Robert “Bob” Miller, a long-time Berkeley County resident and owner of Miller's Electric, who died of a heart attack earlier this year just two months shy of his 57th birthday.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
It's the place where kids want to be and the place where their parents can feel good about it. And, according to club leaders, the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle offers services to nearly 1,000 members ages 6 to 18 from the three-county area. The Martinsburg unit has 600 members, Jefferson County has 350 and Morgan County has 250, said Stefani Pierson, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle. On Wednesday, the club's corporate board of directors hosted a one-hour open house to showcase recent improvements made at the Martinsburg club, which meets in a city-owned former armory building at 105 W. John St. The event included a tour of a new ceiling in the gymnasium, new commercial kitchen and other improvements completed in recent years, Pierson said.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
The Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg (Pa.) are preparing to welcome many of the area's leading restaurants to compete in its second annual Wing Challenge at Chambersburg Country Club. Held on Jan. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. and open to the public, the event will include wings from area restaurants. The cost of entry is $20 per person. All proceeds from the event will benefit the area's local Boys & Girls Club, according to a news release. In 2012, the Boys & Girls Club welcomed more 150 guests, or “judges,” to its first wings event.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 13, 2012
Thursday evening at LJ's & The Kat Lounge was both a reward for a year of participation and a lesson in etiquette for a group of young women and a young man from the Boys & Girls Club at Noland Village. The group arrived at LJ's in style, pulling up in a limousine provided by E.G. Specialized Limo Service. Once inside, they sat down for their seven-course meal with each setting having a dozen knives, forks and spoons on a wine-colored linen tablecloth. As each course is served, LJ's owner Alex Tiches told them before dinner, the diner goes from the outside utensil inward as the meal progresses.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2012
Desmond Ingram is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, but he seemed fine with sharing the Hager Hall stage with a Washington Redskins player. The 16-year-old South High School junior was named 2012 Youth of the Year before a record-setting crowd Thursday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County's 22nd annual Steak & Burger Dinner. “It feels really good,” Desmond said. “I'm pretty nervous to give my speech, but it feels really nice.” Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, who credits the Boys & Girls Club in his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Md., for getting him started in organized sports, served as the evening's keynote speaker.
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