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Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club at the Middle School has had a wonderful first semester and has been involved in many great programs.  They participated in a Robotics Tournament at NSU in November and placed 2nd overall.  They received the Design Award for their robot which qualified them to participate in the State competition this spring at NSU.  We are very proud of the students’ dedication to this tremendous program.  Boys & Girls Club at TMS also has a wonderful mentoring program headed by Teensie Eckert.  Mrs. Eckert has done an outstanding job finding mentors for our students.  There are about 40 students matched with mentors from the community and Northeastern State University.  Average daily attendance is about 90.

Cherokee’s Robotics team placed first in the Vex-IQ challenge and are continuing to show great progress.  Their B&G Club has a Running Club for the third year.  After school each day, students from 1st through 5th grade lace up their tennis shoes and go for a run with 3rd grade teacher, Lori Cosby.  Ms. Cosby started the running club in 2011 with just 15 students and now it has grown to 60 students this year!  In the beginning, students stop and take a rest break, but after several months most students are able to run the full mile without stopping.  There are some older students that are very serious about running who have worked their way up to 2, 3 and 4 miles twice a week.  These students are able to run the longer distances without stopping or walking.  Students are recognized at morning assemblies for their dedication and the amount of miles they have completed.  They also earn tokens to wear on their shoes to show how many miles they have run.  It is great to get these students out of the classroom to exercise and get fresh air after sitting all day.

Greenwood B&G Club has also had a fabulous start!  They have several returning student leaders, and a few new faces that have hit the ground running!  They are serving an average of 157 students per day.  Each student receives help with homework and has the opportunity to participate in additional recreational activities.  Their robotics students recently entered the Vex IQ Challenge with four teams and won several awards including Overall Excellence, Robotics Skill, Think Award, Judges Award, and the Inspire Award!  They also had 2 teams compete at the Cherokee Language Bowl and placed 3rd and 5th out of 30 teams. 

Heritage B&G Club’s average daily attendance is 171.   Each day, every student that checks in at Club is offered a nutritious snack and has the opportunity to participate in Power Hour.  During Power Hour the students have help from mentors to complete classroom homework.   They also have tutoring in small groups with certified workers to help students who have needs in specific academic areas.  We also have a tutor who works with our students who have an ELL background.  She works with these students in small group settings to help meet their academic needs.  After Power Hour, the students rotate through Club choices such as recreation with Coach Medlock, Club Tech, Library Literature time or other activities planned by their group leaders.  In October they had 2 teams compete at the Cherokee Language Bowl and placed 3rd and 5th out of 30 teams.  The teams continue to practice once a week with Mr. Brad Wagnon for the Cherokee Challenge Bowl that will be held in March.

The 3rd grade students at all three schools have been working on Smart Moves with Mrs. Waldo.  Smart Moves is a Boys & Girls Club program that uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal is to promote abstinence from substance abuse though the practice of responsible behavior.

4th grade B&G students have been participating in the Tribal Mentoring Program.  Some of the topics that they have covered this semester are mystery foods, National Parks, Native American month, and the health benefits of dark Chocolate.
We very excited and looking forward to seeing what next semester will bring!  We are so proud of all our B&G Club participants!

Boys & Girls Club

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