Education, Technology & Career

Education, Technology & Career

P.A.R.P.
Parents as Reading Partners
A voluntary effort of the local schools and community in a collaborative partnership whose focus is on reading.
Special Thanks to our guest readers!

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    Parents as Reading Partners

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  • Snacks with Officer Jack

    Greets our Local Law Enforcement

Snacks with Officer Jack
We are excited to announce that Snacks with Officer Jack is back! All youth and teen Club members will have the opportunity to participate in this year-round program. Facilitated by retired police officer Jack, Club members will develop a trusting relationship with an Officer Jack, to maintain positive engagement with law enforcement. Each session will cover important and relevant themes including bullying, empathy, compassion, sportsmanship, Club and community pride, current events, and what it means to be a police officer. Members will read stories, join in fun activities, partake in engaging discussions, and of course enjoy tasty snacks each week alongside Volunteer, Board Member and Friend, Ms. Carla.
Power Hour Club-wide homework help program runs Monday-Thursday upon arrival. This program helps members achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities while encouraging members to become self-directed learners. 
One on One Tutoring offers tutoring in specified areas with dedicated volunteer or staff at a scheduled time. Available Upon Request.
Project Learn creates opportunities for these high-yield learning activities in all program areas, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games (such as Scrabble), that develop young people’s cognitive skills.
WISEngineering S.T.E.M. Learner encourages exposure to science-related activities and knowledge in an exciting, hands-on atmosphere. Members will work collaboratively in small groups to accomplish a wide assortment of tasks and challenges including building Alka-Seltzer rockets, kaleidoscopes, and solar-powered s’mores ovens. While the activities are fun and engaging, they also all promote the development of skills that are relevant in real world situations and future careers. 
Creative Writing encourage members to look at writing as a fun activity that inspires self-expression and creativity. Members will read and analyze examples of poems, short stories, and essays. After learning the mechanics of each writing style members will write rough drafts of their own and read them aloud in front of their peers to exchange positive feedback. The program will culminate with the creation of a literary magazine.  
Triple C focuses on Community, Culture & Current Events. For Community, members will learn about various roles and careers people have in the community, and the vast opportunities that exist. For Culture, members will learn about a variety of unique customs, traditions, celebrations, and lifestyles from around the world. For Current Events, members will read news articles, participate in discussions, and engage in related activities. 
Money Matters Members will participate in age-appropriate money related lessons. Younger Club members will engage in life skills activities and games emulating situations such as shopping at a store, running a store, saving money, and basic money math problems. Older Club members will keep money journals to keep a log of their weekly expenses, and engage in discussions about saving and spending money wisely.
Graphic Design Club Members will get an in-depth look at how to create art digitally. Primarily using Photoshop, members will create logos, posters, greeting cards, and more. Members will also study photo manipulation/editing to fix minor to large imperfections, and design their own animated characters. Members also have the option to put their skills to the test in the Digital Arts Festival.
Story Time Club members will participate in an enjoyable, relaxing reading program. Readings will be done by both staff and Club member volunteers. Members will answer questions about each reading (Who? What? Where? When? Why?) to promote reading comprehension skills and make predictions to encourage creative thinking.
Music Club Members will get hands-on experience in recording and editing their own songs. In this program we review song structure, song/lyric writing, creating beats, looping tracks, matching key/pitch/tempo, vocal recording, and auto tuning. We will also go over how to play/record traditional instruments like the keyboard and the acoustic guitar. We will work inside the recording studio to give a professional edge to some recordings. Additionally, members will explore sketch comedy/storytelling through the use of audio. 
Internet Safety Club Members will learn the ins and outs of how to safely explore the internet. In this program we will discuss the right and wrong information to share online, how to create the perfect password, who can see the things you post online, email and text message scams, the dangers of social media, phishing, spyware and avoiding strangers on the web. Younger members will utilize NetSmartzKids.org, a BGCA original website devoted to surfing the net safely. 
Skill Tech Members will learn the basics of using a computer. In this program we will discuss how to use the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Publisher, PowerPoint etc.), creating personalized folders/organization of files, searching a computer hard drive, deleting files, running diagnostics, dealing with a computer that is frozen, researching topics online, proper composition for writing a report, writing a short story and finding credible sources on the internet. We will also discuss how to type faster and with greater accuracy using typing tests and educational typing games.
Video Club Members will work together to create a weekly video and learn the basics of acting, directing, shooting, editing, exporting and posting. The focus of each video will shift each month to a different theme. Members will also learn how a green screen works and how to use it effectively in a finished movie. At the end of the year all films made will be shown at our annual Club Film Festival where members can vote on best actor/actress and best picture.

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