The members of Boys & Girls Clubs in Farmville have had quite a busy summer taking part in numerous community based activities. This Club’s daily attendance averages 100 youth in grades K-12 from the Farmville community. Most, if not all members, who regularly attended this summer, were able to participate in a wide variety of activities in Farmville because of the wonderful community partnerships that are in place.
Thanks to public school partners, once a week, during the month of July, members in grades K-5 were involved in Literacy and STEM based activities at the elementary school under the guidance of the Media Coordinator. At the middle school, rising 6th graders participated in a transition to middle school camp. Seventh and eighth graders were involved in math and science enrichment at the middle school. Both programs were facilitated by a sixth grade teacher.
Farmville is fortunate to have a Pitt Community College (PCC) satellite campus in the heart of town. High school Boys & Girls Club members were involved in programming at that site. Programming included a wide range of awareness sessions pertaining to college and career readiness. Programming was conducted by PCC staff. The culminating activity was a community Career Fair comprised of business and industries based in Farmville. This Career Fair was vehicle for the teens to have an awareness of what jobs are available for them locally and the skills needed to do those jobs. It was also a way for business and industry leaders to interact with the youth right in the community and find potential employees.
The Farmville Library provided Arts & Crafts and Poetry programming to middle and high school members. The Mediation Center of Eastern North Carolina conducted the program, Girls Empowered, for middle school girls. The Girls Scouts also have a presence in the Club working with girls ages 6-11. The Club’s middle and high school members also work in the town’s community garden.