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Lori Garabrandt

Readers to Leaders Fun Plex Trip


Have you ever watched a young person complete their first book on their own?

One of our members, a fifth grader named Kristen who could only read at a first grade level when she came to the Clubs, recently finished reading her first chapter book. She was so proud of herself.

This accomplishment changed how she carried herself—she hesitates less when talking to or playing games with other members, walks with her head up, and has told our staff that she is no longer teased at school because of her reading. She just passed a reading-level test, which placed her at a fifth-grade level. She’s caught up with her peers, and now she LOVES to read!

All summer, young Club members worked hard to learn key reading skills, from vocabulary to identifying storyline themes, in the Readers to Leaders program. In Readers to Leaders, Club members read books, take quizzes, and earn points toward an overall reading goal based on their scores.

In July, members who completed their summer reading goals got to celebrate with a trip to Fun Plex! We played games, swam, and shared delicious snacks. What a fun day!

Though a trip to the waterpark is always fun, the most valuable and rewarding part of our academics-focused programs is watching members gain and develop skills that they will use in school and beyond. BGCM academic programs include: Readers to Leaders, Power Hour, STEM Academy, and LEGO Robotics.

Want to know more?

The Boys & Girls Clubs operate from 11 locations across the Omaha-Council Bluffs-Carter Lake metropolitan area. If you’d like to know more about our programs or would like to get involved, check out the following links:

Our programs and services:
https://bgcomaha.org/programs-services

How to become a volunteer:
https://bgcomaha.org/give/volunteer

Want to support the Clubs? You can do that online here
or reach out to Ashley Winans at (402) 342-1600 ext.3748 or awinans@bgcomaha.org.