The Walmart Foundation’s Bright Spot for Reading initiative for adolescent readers will help create a reading center, provide training for staff and encourage relationships to ensure the success of young members. Nationally, the Walmart Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $1.5 million to help establish reading Bright Spots at 100 Clubs across the U.S.
Beginning July 1, the Bright Spot Reading Center will feature books geared toward youth ages 11 to 15 and will include programming to encourage adolescents to read more and develop a more positive attitude toward reading. Programming will include activities in drama, art, technology, field trips to local colleges and libraries, and service learning projects in order to create reading opportunities in every area of the Club.
“The Bright Spot for Reading Initiative is essentially helping us reach our goal in preparing youth for academic success,” continued Hank Hill, Gordon County Area Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray, & Whitfield Counties. “We are grateful to The Walmart Foundation for the opportunity to create an environment at the club that will encourage our youth to develop a life-long love for reading,” said Hill.
Located at 1001 S. Wall Street, the Calhoun Boys & Girls Club Unit provides program opportunities for boys and girls each year. Youngsters interested in joining the Club, learning more about The Walmart Foundation Bright Spot for Reading Initiative or other youth programs can contact Area Director Hank Hill at (706) 629-9751 or visit www.bgcgmw.org.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray & Whitfield Counties provide after school and summer programs for kids in such areas as leadership & character development, health and life skills, sports, fitness & recreation, the arts, and educational and career development. The Clubs, with five locations in the three counties, have over 1500 members.