By Rick Sheek
School is out, and if you might be concerned about how your children will spend June and July — look no further.
The Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/ Carter County’s summer program begins on Monday, June 4. Daily hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Weekly rates are $50 per child.
“We house more kids in the summer program than our after-school program,” executive director John Malone said on Friday, before the parent meeting was to take place. “We average 120 to 130 kids in the summer program. We feed them breakfast and lunch.
“It is a situation where we help kids coming in this summer and maintain their school level, academic level.”
For the entire summer, cost is $300 for the first child, $275 for the second child and $250 for the third.
Early Bird will be available from 7:30 to 8 each morning. Cost for the program will be $10 per week, due on Monday.
“We have a situation where the kids make friends all summer long,” Malone said. “It is good for everybody. The kids have the time of their lives, and the staff has the time of their lives. The summer program is a good program.”
The club will be closed on June 18 for the Dino Senesi Golf Fundraiser. It will also be closed July 4-6 in honor of Independence Day.
Lunch will be $2 a day. Caters include Chic-Fil-A,Taco Bell, Fatz and Domino’s.
“The summer gives us an opportunity to work with kids,” Malone said. “We can almost say that we’re their second families, with 10-11 hours a day. It gives us a chance to help them with social interaction, not only with the younger kids but the older kids.
“They are mentors to the little kids. They look up to them, and watch for them to set an example. It’s a learning process all summer long.”
The final day of the summer program will be Friday, July 27. The ages are 6-18.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be pool days. Age groups will rotate daily to assure each group gets to attend once a seek. That schedule is subject to change due to weather.
Bonnie Kate Theatre will close its doors for the club on Tuesdays for movie day, with appropriate ratings. Thursday field trips will be announced on a weekly basis. Destinations will be hiking, Fun Expedition, bowling and Wacky Bear.
The second annual EBGC WalkA-Thon is July 27. All club members are asked to participate in obtaining sponsors for the walk. The top three fund raisers will receive prizes.
The club accepts Families First for tuition.
“It’s also a place where the parents can feel comfortable leaving their kids,” Malone said. “This is never a place not supervised. We try to keep a 15-to-1 staff ratio.”