Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club recently recognized Jim Matthews with his prize winnings from Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia’s Duck Derby in June
Some lucky duck will win $10,000 June 30 at Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia’s Duck Derby event in Porterdale. Shortly after 7 PM June 30 the first rubbery ducky to cross the finish line around the bend of Porterdale’s Yellow River will be named the winner.
There’s still time to adopt your rubber duck at www.bgcncg.com/duckderby.
The fourth and fifth grade Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club members were able to take their summer learning about the environmental and economic impact of Lake Oconee on the community and apply it on their recent field trip to Georgia Power Company’s Wallace Dam.
Club members have been learning about Lake Oconee’s history during this year’s summer programming. Facts such as how Lake Oconee is a reservoir on the Oconee River near Greensboro and Eatonton, which was created in 1979. Club members learned that the lake runs through Georgia's Morgan, Greene and Putnam counties and is separated from its sister lake, Lake Sinclair, by the Wallace Dam. Lake Oconee serves as a reservoir for Georgia Power Company's Wallace Hydroelectric Plant. When Club members learned they were going to visit the plant, they were thrilled to engage with their new knowledge.
Club members listened to Mark McMillan, a plant worker for Georgia Power, as he explained the operations of the plant and how electricity is made.
“Our members got to see the actual operations room and see how the generators, turbines and pumping stations work, as well as the stop walls,” Brad Parr, PNBGC Club Director shared. “It was such a neat experience to watch as youth were connecting what they had researched to what they were seeing in real time at the plant.”
The tour also featured viewing the dam from different perspectives so that Club members could better understand the dam’s size.
Oxidation was a topic that was discussed during the tour. McMillan explained to the youth about an oxidation study that was taking place on the lake. He also discussed how the lakes PH levels are self-regulating.
“Some of our Club members will be researching oxidation and the effects of low oxidation levels on a reservoir as the summer continues. They will also be testing water samples from different areas of the lake. They will be comparing PH levels and making observations and journaling their finding,” Parr said. “We will also delve the economic advantages to having Lake Oconee in our community. It is our goal to better understand the economic and environmental impact on our every day living.”
Parr said “without the willingness and openness to invite our Club members, this field trip wouldn’t have been possible without Georgia Power and Novelis for their support.”
If you’d like to learn more about Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club, visit our Club page or call 706-920-1400.
Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club members had a thrilling experience of learning science through Science for Everyone’s Michael Green. Green performed a 45-minute show for the PNBGC members as the Science Machine teaching the youth science in an illumination way.
Duck Derby will take place June 30 from 5 until dark, where community members can adopt a duck to save a child’s life! For every duck you adopt, participants not only increase your odds of winning the $10,000 grand prize, they also help continue the world class programs that BGCNCG offers over 1,500 youth in North Central Georgia.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Americ recently donated $75,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, which serves Greene, Morgan, Walton and Putnam Counties. This gift will help further the organization’s mission of enabling “all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The check was presented by Paula Mackelburg, BGCA Interim Director of Development for the Southeast Region & David Roark, past Director of Development for the Southeast Region.
Our job is to offer world-class opportunities for our youth, Bob Mackey, CEO & President of BGCNCG said.
“Not too long ago, our organization faced tough decisions. But we vowed not to give up, and we took the right way - the only way we believe in as we keep fighting for our youth,” he shared. “Our doors remained open, and our communities stayed committed. The support and National recognition from Boys & Girls Clubs of America makes a support statement of fulfillment. Our system is all about building a better tomorrow! Our youth are the future!”
Mackey says that BGCNCG is so grateful for the generous gift from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and that the organization is committed to providing the tools and mentorship to help shape the future generation.
“Great futures start here and together we are making a lasting impact.”
BGCNCG serves over 1,500 youth in North Central Georgia. Its vision is to provide a world-class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors. For more information, visit www.bgcncg.com. If you’d like to get involved please contact 770-267-8034.
Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club members will be taking their STEM education into the third dimension with the newly installed Vizitech USA software.
VIzitech USA is a 3-dimensional, augmented reality, company that is based out of Eatonton, Georgia. The company specializes in education and training in 3D technology, augmented reality, and virtual reality learning programs.
PNBGC staff members recently received training on the newly installed software received on behalf of a PNBGC Advisory Board Member.
The software will allow Club members to learn about science first-hand by manipulating various items included in the Z Space Software used by VIzitech USA.
Club members will be able to learn about many different academic topics from anatomy and biology to trade skills such as building engines and electrical currents. They will have the opportunity to actively participate in activities, such as learning how the heart functions, and what parts make up the entire heart. Students also have access to learning about biomes, the environment and life cycles through further navigating through the Z Space technology.
“Our goal for using this equipment is to provide our club members with the opportunity to have a hands-on, 3-dimensional, experience with the content they learn during the school day so the students can better retain what is being taught in the classroom,” Brad Parr, PNBGC Club Director said.
The Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club would like to thank Vizitech USA Owner, Stewart Rodeheaver, and Senior Account manager, Richard Boyer for showing us how to use this equipment effectively with our Club members.
For more information or to donate to Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com. If you’d like to get involved please contact 706-920-1400
We're building a world-class environment for our youth & staff
In preparation for a New Year of youth development, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia prepped its staff with its Winter 2018 staff-wide training, which focused on new Youth Development Tools, Safety Practices, First-Aid and Program structure.
Staff first set goals for what they desired to learn from this Winters training, which was overviewed at the end to see if each member felt further equipped upon close of the training.
Some of those goals to have answered were questions like:
How do we instill self-esteem into the youth we serve?
How can we better connect with each youth?
After an overview of best safety practices, Bob Mackey, CEO & President of BGCNCG, immersed staff in the experience of Club youth during his Program Basics presentation.
Staff participated in challenging team-building exercises used inside Clubs as teaching methods for self-esteem, discipline, teamwork and how to have fun in positive environments.
Breakout sessions were offered to staff, which covered iCivics Training, provided by Kathy o’Neal of Georgia Family Connections Partnership, Annual Report training for data collection of how our Clubs perform year-to-year and Positive Discipline & Guidance training.
“To continue to service of providing world-class youth development to our communities, training is a must and a need,”Bob Mackey said. “We take pride in the services we provide and want to insure that our youth feel safe and positively equipped with tools that will impact them for the rest of their lives. Our organization and staff are committed to providing that experience for every child we serve. And, at the same time, we are committed to enriching our staff through Professional Development.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia provides club experiences for Walton, Greene, Putnam and Morgan Counties. They serve over 1,500 youth in North Central Georgia.
BGCNCG’s vision is to provide a world-class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors.
For more information or to donate, visit www.bgcncg.com. If you’d like to get involved please contact 770-267-8034.
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