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Boys & Girls Club

The Tahlequah Middle School Boys & Girls Club is coming to the end of another successful year. They have 157 students enrolled with a daily attendance of 90 members. The robotics program had another successful year, and the members look forward to continuing the success for years to come. The middle school directors and staff are currently planning for their end of the year activities. These activities include the annual hot dog cookout, a campus scavenger hunt, water balloon toss, and other fun games.

The Greenwood Unit of Boys & Girls Club is proud of our Cherokee Challenge Bowl Teams.  Brad Wagnon has worked during B&G time to teach language and culture.  Our teams placed 3rd in their recent competition.  Third grade students recently finished their SMART MOVES program and the 2nd grade members are wrapping up the Professional Golf Association (PGA) program.   Total enrollment at Greenwood is 263 with an average daily attendance of 158.

During Power Hour at the Heritage Unit, 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 an ELL 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.   The average daily attendance at Heritage is 167.

Our 3rd graders have been working on Smart Moves with Mrs. Waldo.  Smart Moves is a 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: to promote abstinence from substance abuse though the practice of responsible behavior.  They completed the program just last week.  The 4th graders have been participating in the Tribal Mentoring program. 

Cherokee Elementary’s Unit has also been busy.  In March we had 3 teams participate in the Cherokee Challenge Bowl and all of our teams did very well - placing 2nd, 3rd & 4th place.  Our unit has partnered with the NSU Entrepreneur Club to help the children during power hour. The NSU students have volunteered for three months bringing extra energy to the club. During the time following power hour, the children are encouraged to become involved with our community by making them aware of the many opportunities available to them in business.  They are currently planning an event to celebrate the end of another school year.  The children will be provided treats as well as participating in organized games during this event. The NSU club intends to continue this partnership next year and arrange tours of the college.  They want to bring in speakers to share more information about their club and other possible professional choices the children can strive towards.

Cherokee has 218 children enrolled in Boys & Girls Club with a daily attendance ranging from 138-158 grades K-5.  Before the state tests were given, we spent extra time to provide additional small group tutoring.  Cherokee’s club is dedicated to enhancing and supporting the teacher’s efforts to prepare the children for testing. 

The Cherokee competitive robotics team, the Eaglebots, competed in the State Vex IQ robotics competition which was held at NSU Event Center.  The team brought home the Robot Skills Challenge Award with a high score of 39!

Applications for next year’s Boys & Girls Club will be sent home with elementary and middle school students before the last day of school.