Help the Boys & Girls Club
Ken Larson’s guest column (CHN, bit.ly/235FT6G) noted that a three-legged-stool (attention to racism, academics and family focus) approach is needed to close the achievement gap in our schools.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont (BGCEP) Community Impact Program in Chapel Hill goes a long way to help with one of those legs: academic success.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America have a history of helping children in Grades K-12, who need us most, to achieve grade-level proficiency, to graduate from high school and become productive, caring and responsible citizens.
How do we do it?
Basically we provide an after-school program four days a week to give the kids one-on-one attention to finish their homework as well as the chance to participate in programs that improve their self esteem and foster positive character development, all while having fun!
Our program is now open at the Northside Elementary School in Chapel Hill and there is call for it in other schools. Teachers and parents, alike, have noted how quickly children in the Program improve in getting their homework done and in their behavior. Our outcome measures show that kids start making progress almost as soon as they enter the Program.
I, as a volunteer, see kids learn to care for each other and to appreciate themselves. They learn what their talents are and what they have to give. And indeed, these wonderful children do have so much to give!
For more information about this Program for Impact and if you would like to support us or visit us, please call 919-663-6159. Our goal is to become sustainable so that more and more children will have the opportunity to achieve the success they are capable of.
BGCEP Board Member
Learn about downtown
Peer Learning will sponsor a talk open to the public with Rae Buckley, assistant to Chapel Hill’s town manager, describing the Downtown 2020 Work Plan at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, in the Binkley Church lounge, 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill.
Input to the plan from public opinion meetings has been used to prioritize steps that could be taken in the next two fiscal years to advance a vision for a diverse
downtown that engages residents, students, visitors, and workers. Approval of the work plan will be sought from the Town Council after reviewing it with the
Prior to joining the Town, Buckley worked as a private consultant, an external relations coordinator, and a labor organizer. She received her BA in philosophy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and her MPA, master of public administration, from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.