Vol. 13, No. 17, October 23, 2000

 Boys & Girls Club Has A New Van!

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Boys & Girls Club Director and CEO Kathy Haggart accepts a BBRC check from member Jim Owens.

With proceeds from last year’s raffle being put to work, representatives from the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club stepped up to accept a check for $15,000 to fund a new 15-passenger van in support Project Learn, their After School Program. Kathy Haggart, Director and CEO of the B&G Club, gratefully accepted the check from Jim Owens.

The Boys & Girls Club was founded in 1952 and became the first such organization in the country to include girls, not only in its name, but also in its programs, in the early 70’s. Today, the Club offers services to 7,000 members, including 4,000 teens.

In 1995, the Board of Directors embarked on an expansion program, committing the organization to outreach in the community. “Eight satellite clubs were established throughout Bellevue, to reach kids where they are,” Haggart said. “We have a new Teen Center next door to our main facility on 100th N.E., centers at Public Housing sites in town, and our Project Learn sites in four Bellevue elementary schools.”

The four elementary schools are Lake Hills, Phantom Lake, Sherwood Forest, and Stevenson. The After School Program includes enhanced learning, tutoring, snacks, and field trips. “All kids are released early on Wednesday each week at noon and our Project Learn program really comes into play on this day. We’ll get a lot of mileage and lots of use out of this new van,” Haggart bubbled.

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Mark Haynes, Sherwood Forest Program coordinator, gets input on uses for the new van.

Mark Haynes, coordinator at the Sherwood Forest Program, introduced four students – Courtney, Alicia, Tisia, and Joe  – who had some good ideas about field trips in the van, e.g., Disneyland! Haynes reminded them the van was for local programs only, so they thought a trip to the Seattle Center or the Doll Museum might be all right.

Members of the BBRC Foundation Grant Committee were asked to stand for their faithful contribution to the process, which selected the Boys & Girls Club as a major recipient of the BBRC’s community assets.