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Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in the East End of Richmond, VA celebrated their 60th Anniversary as a chartered club with Boys & Girls Club’s of America.

Unique Program at Boys & Girls Club Has Youth Ready for Back to School

It’s back to school time and that means the end of the fun and exciting summer camps at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and end of the fun & exciting STEAMtrix learning program held at the Club over the summer…a program that had the attention of Virginia’s Secretary of Education and Director of STEM and we have interviews with them in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

Merci Best’s STEAMtrix program at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club encouraged students to participate in science, technology, engineering, arts and math in addition to curbing a possible summer learning loss. Well, Merci also spread the word of her program even had the Virginia Secretary of Education and Director of STEM at the Club for the finale.

Dr. Healy said that the commonwealth presently recruits to fill STEM jobs from outside the state and that currently there are about 40,000 unfilled STEM jobs in Virginia. Both Dr. Healy and Ms. Holton also addressed what the STEAMtrix program was doing to help curb summer learning loss and have kids ready and excited to go back to school.

Big thanks to everyone who came out to support Merci and help her make this program possible for the campers at the Club this summer. Well, coming up in a couple week’s The Community Foundation will again host the Amazing Raise a 48 hour fundraising period for participating non profits to spread awareness and receive additional donations during particular periods over the two days. Here’s one of our board members, Mary Margaret Allen with a message about this year’s event.

In the coming weeks, we’ll keep you posted via email and social media on how can support The Salvation Army during the Amazing Raise and make a difference in lives in our community.

Virginia Secretary of Education Visits STEAMtrix Finale

The STEAMtrix program at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club taught by Club Alumna Merci Best came to an end. The four week program culminated with visits from the Virginia Secretary of Education, Anne Holton and Virginia Director of STEM, Dr. Megan Healy, respectively.

“To have someone like Merci, a product of the Richmond Public School system and Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club back here to teach this kids that math can be exciting really speaks volumes to them,” said Secretary of Education Anne Holton. “Merci is a bright girl with a real go-getter attitude and it’s fun to watch someone doing something exciting and interesting.”

Merci wrote on her blog (The Best of Merci B) “The culmination of my pilot STEAMtrix program was an amazing success. Thanks for all your support throughout the journey.”

Watch the News Update with Merci’s Interview

Club Alum Returns to Host Weekly Education Program

On Friday, June 27 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted their STEAMtrix Summer Kick off. Merci Best, who is a Club alumna now attending the College of William and Mary, is facilitating this special summer education program. Where we would normally we hear of STEM education programs (a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Merci adds the A for Arts in a weekly program that Summer Day Camp members will participate in. The program is designed to keep Club students sharp educationally during the summer and exploring the possibilities for their future which starts today.

The Honorable Don Coleman, School Board Chair for Richmond Public Schools and alum of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, was in attendance for the kick-off of the program.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Members Visit US Capitol

Members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a trip to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 25 for a tour of the Capitol Building. The Boys & Girls Club partnered with Heroes and Dreams Group and a total of 31 Club members and Heroes and Dreams youth converged on D.C. to learn about the history of the Capitol and our Nation. The trip was part of civics and government programming at the Club and will include post-visit sessions at the Club to learn continue learning from the experience. Students participating in the civics and government programming at the Club also had the chance recently to visit Senator Mark Warner’s office (photos not taken).