Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 13, 2014

Letter to the Editor

Goshen News

---- — Homemakers Club gives praise to Boy’s and Girl’s Club

Our Extension Homemakers Club, Four Seasons, recently had the opportunity to visit the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Goshen. All of us had the name recognition of Boy’s and Girl’s Club, but most of us really didn’t have any idea of the services and opportunities that are available to the area youth who attend this fabulous, well run organization. We were greeted by a friendly staff; the director, Kevin Deary, met with us prior to the tour of the facility to give us the 25-year history of the Goshen program, its growth and future program ideas for the 350 school age students who attend before and after school.

As parents, and many of us educators, as well, some of our observations include: cleanliness of all rooms in the building, great staff/student ratio, help, encouragement, and completion of all homework, a variety of athletic teams that could practice in their gym, 4-H club, cooking class, art class, dance class, woodworking class, and exercise class. As we walked through the facility, it had an appropriate noise level, different centers were available to promote cooperative play between students that are grouped by age. The students had learned the expectations, good problem solving skills, and were empowered and given the responsibility of making good choices in the many centers and activities that the club provided for them.

The parents know that their children’s experience at Boy’s and Girl’s Club is a lot more than a before and after school babysitting service; the staff and volunteers encourage and support the students to extend their horizons, set goals for their future and hold on to the values that have been instilled in them.

Needless to say, we were very impressed and would encourage any of you that would be interested in learning more about Goshen’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club and possibly volunteering to stop in unannounced; you’ll be amazed.

— Members of Four Seasons Extension Homemakers Club