It takes a village like Truckee Tahoe and a summer camp to raise a child |

It takes a village like Truckee Tahoe and a summer camp to raise a child

There is a wonderful collaboration going on in Kings Beach that is having a very positive impact on the members of the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and the students of Kings Beach Elementary School. For the past two years it has been my great pleasure to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club and a school site administrator in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. This unique perspective has allowed me to see the growth that has taken place at the club and, in turn, its influence on what is taking place at KBE. Working closely together, the teachers and the club staff have combined efforts so club programs reinforce what students are learning at school. Mondays through Wednesdays all staff and all KBE Club members dedicate the first 30 minutes of Club time to mandatory homework. Teachers provide grade-level appropriate worksheets for students who show up without assignments. Mondays through Thursdays almost 60 percent of Club members choose to participate in Power Hour, a homework help program, until 5:30 p.m. Sixty-six percent of KBE kindergarteners attend Kinder Power Hour focused on early learning.

The Boys and Girls Club currently boasts 800 members with an average of 210 attending each day. Members range in age from pre-kindergarten through high school and the range of activities at the club cover the interests of all age groups. Art, reading, foosball, pool, air hockey, computers, cooking, girlsand#8217; group and boysand#8217; group and many other activities keep club members busy and supervised before and after school. Breakfast and lunch are served from the cluband#8217;s and#8216;professionaland#8217; kitchen, known as the Chop Shop and cooking lessons abound.

What does the club provide when school is out of session? Summer Camps, from day camps for incoming kindergarteners to a nine-week teen camp with field trips to roller skating, Aces baseball games, Reno zoo and other fun activities. Specialty camps focusing on sports, adventure and technology provide a different activity each week including World Cup soccer clinic, Lego robotics, disc golf, basketball and a movie camp. Each are set up throughout the summer to provide club members a great place to be.

The Boys and Girls Club is located on the campus of Kings Beach Elementary School and membership is open to all students in the Tahoe and Truckee area. Saturday, June 5 is the annual Kids First Breakfast, a fund raiser featuring music, Club Kids performing and a buffet breakfast. This is an excellent opportunity to tour the club and meet the staff that keeps these wonderful programs going for the youth in our community. Information is available at 546-4324 or visit

and#8212; John Neary is the principal at Truckee High School. Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to

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