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FALL 2009/WINTER 2010

BOOS AND GHOULS CLUB MEMBERS


GET INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT
by Lily and Ally
Walking into the Boys & Girls Club during the Halloween Carnival
was like walking into a fairytale filled with monsters and princesses! All around are scary
faces, pretty dresses, and loud music. This is an exciting event, and the Witchcraft and
Hawthorne Licensed Child Care Program kids take the bus here to be part of the party!
The Torch Club, our leadership club for ages 8-12, was very helpful during this event.
They ran most of the games and prize table. There was apple bobbing and participants
were soaked head to toe. A lot of people participated in bowling. You got one ticket for
trying, and 10 tickets for a strike. Another event was Fishing for Tickets, with a kiddy pool
filled with paper squares that had different numbers on them. The number that you fished
out was the amount of tickets you won. Most of the little kids participated in face painting,
run by Erin and Kayla. You had a choice of many things painted on your face, such as
lions, cats, butterflies, hearts and cheetahs.

There was a costume contest which the kids’ love.


Boys & Girls Club kids celebrate after winning mummying Christine. It is a way for them to show off their newest garb,
and see everyone else’s! Everyone marches around
the gym, and Jodi, the Program Director, has kids
sit down until only the top 10 costumes are still standing. The top 10 earn tickets and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are chosen by a
round of applause.

The scariest event of all was- the Gypsy Fortune Teller, run by Lily. When children entered, all they could see was smoke
and fog and Lily got to jump out of closets and scare the children. After she would scare them, she would sit down and use
her magic ball to tell the children their fortunes.

Other fun activities included ring


toss, football toss, snake toss,
shuffleboard, musical chairs, bingo
and marshmallow decorating. At all
of these games kids earned tickets Brothers Radhmee & Radhlen line
for prizes, which included Halloween up for the parade.
theme bouncy balls, playdoh and
playing cards. One lucky person won Guess the Candy Corn, and instead of
earning tickets they got to take home the whole jar with hundreds of candy
corn.

One of my favorite events of the day is mummying the staff! Kids are very
creative with streamers, toilet paper, caution tape, masks and more! Every
Above: Bzzz Julianna, Yibelis, and Gabriely kid gets involved and finds a way to make the staff member look as silly as
Right: Scream for the Camera: Ryan! possible.

Nahaly, age 10, was a bride at the carnival this year because she liked how pretty the costume was. Her favorite candy is Kit Kats because it is chocolaty. Her
favorite activity was bobbing for apples. She loved the carnival because it was a lot of fun and it was her first time. Her favorite prize that she won was blue cotton
candy. She also won vampire teeth and a kazoo. She estimates she eats almost 20 pieces of candy each day since Halloween!

Lisabel, age 9 was a trendy witch at the carnival because she is into fashion but wanted to be scary at the same time. Jolly Ranchers are her favorite candy, except
for the blueberry ones. One of her favorite activities was earning tickets for prizes, because she loves to get free stuff. She won
jelly bracelets, a jump rope and a glow stick. She had a dentist appointment the day after Halloween so she only ate three pieces
Halloween night.

BOO! Did I scare you? Well I should have! If you were with the Boos & Ghouls Club at
the Haunted Happenings Parade, you may have had some nightmares or good dreams! There
were monsters, ghosts and bumble bees everywhere! They were just costumes, of course.
Some were princesses and fairies while others were dead! Every school in Salem walks in this
parade. Even the marching bands showed up, and the loud
instruments sounded like surround sound of a car. Cape Cod
Chips, candy and plastic spiders were being thrown around at
this spooky spectacular! Some of the kids were holding the
banner, which thanks Salem Park & Recreation for all they do.

And that was how Salem’s most memorable parade


went to start off all of the festivities of Halloween!

Left: Scary or just Right: Isabella & Lily had amazing


cute?: Jayla grrrs matching costumes for the parade.
for the camera. Far Right: Sisters Magdalana & Aguiel
look beautiful for the carnival.

CHECK INSIDE FOR MORE COOL STUFF: Hey, where’s the junk food...Cafe Gone Healthy? Harlem Rockets vs. Boys & Girls Club All Stars...who won?
Dancin’ in the Club! Check out all the cool things we did last summer. Youth of the Year Nominees represent the Club. Who is your hero and why?
Who said homework can’t be fun? Club members from the Dominican Republic find a second home at the Club and MORE!

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Community Partner Shout Outs! A WORD WITH BOARD MEMBER JOSEPH GIBBONS
Special thanks to these community members who generously gave of By Ryan & Gabriely
their time and resources to benefit programs at the Club. We couldn’t
do what we do without you!
Joseph Gibbons is the President of Salem Five Bank, and has been on
Salem Five, for their networking meeting for the Club. the Club Board of Directors for just over a year. He expects great things
Eastern Bank employees, for painting on a Saturday. for the Club. “The Club creates a nice environment to go to after school
Salem Plumbing of Beverly, hot water heater. and it’s very safe for the kids.” Joseph joined the board after watching the
Plumber Al Bell, fixing oven, stove, installing hot water heater. organization and the other members of the Board, and seeing it as a great
Salem School Superintendent & Principals Dr William Cameron, cause. He volunteers at the Club because he thinks it has an important
Mary Manning and David Angeramo for supporting Project Learn. mission, and believes it’s helpful for the community to support the Club.
New England Kayak & Fishing, for their generous donation.
We asked him why he volunteers at the Club and he said “I feel that its part
David Ives and Northshore International Insurance Services for a
of my responsibility, and important to give back”. If he could have joined
yummy Thanksgiving feast.
a program at the Club, he would join the Keystone leadership program but
Kenny Rothwell, for a great Christmas dinner.
also said “If I was a member when I was a kid, I would have joined the
Karen Brooks and Comcast, for supporting this newspaper program.
basketball team.” One of his goals for the Club is for the finances to get
Yoga Satki, for a party with meal & presents for 11 families.
better. We asked him what he would change about the Club, and he said
Carrie Post, Blue Ribbon Cakes for donating cakes.
he doesn’t know yet as he needs to be here longer to see what needs to
Rob Lianni, Coffee Time Bake Shop for donating yumminess.
be done. “Be Great” is the slogan for the Boys & Girls Club of America,
Cinema Salem, for their generous $1000 Grant.
and we asked him what Be Great means to him. “Be Great is being a good
Monetrics, for supplying school back packs with supplies.
person, having integrity and being responsible.” For the final and most
St John’s Prep, for spring cleaning the Club and holiday toy drive.
important question, we asked him his favorite color and he said “blue” with
Ward 2 Social Club, VFW, Lafayette Club, Polish-American Club,
a great smile on his face. Growing up, he wanted to be a doctor but instead
for donating proceeds from fundraisers to the Club.
went to Bentley University for Accounting, and to Suffolk University for
Essex National Heritage & National Parks Services, for camp
Business.
scholarships to Schooner Fame and First Bloom.
North Shore Medical Center, for a grant for our new food program.
Fun facts about Joseph Gibbons:
Teen Program Volunteers Jay Simon, Sharon Hunt, Zina Gerolimatos
and Charles Von Bruns. He grew up in Saugus, but has since traveled to
Administrative Volunteer, Chris Coleman Europe, Canada, Mexico and the USA.
Wicked Running Club members who donated holiday gifts.
Salem State College Bertolon School of Business, for working with His birthday is September 25 and he is a Libra.
the Club this school year. His favorite part of Salem is the history, and he
Suffolk University “alternative spring break” students, who spent a thinks downtown is a great place to wander.|
weekend assisting the Club and donated $1000.
”The Ladies in the Cellar”, for their holiday gift basket donations. Thank you for helping the Boys & Girls Club!
99 Restaurant, for hosting our Youth of the Year dinner.
Carter’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry for their recent raffle $ donation.

Café Gone Healthy! (?)By Ally


Salem Waterfront Hotel for providing rooms for the Harlem Rockets.
Are YOU inspired to help some GREAT kids?
Contact Executive Director Joanne Scott at
“Good Afternoon. This is the moment you have all been waiting for.
(978)744-0915 or email jscott@bgcgs.org.
The Café is now open!” Kids rush up the stairs and line up like a herd of wild
animals. Like hungry gorillas, they order and pay for their food at the first counter

A Club Thanksgiving By Yibelis & Coral


and pick it up at the second counter. Working at the Café is a fun experience
and only those who are older, more responsible and behave can help. It helps my
math skills because you need to quickly figure out what the change is when they
pay. Setting up is fun because it is like getting ready for an attack! Get into your
On Tuesday, November 24, 2009 the kids and staff at the Club position, and be ready for madness. We set up all of the food so kids can see their
enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner thanks to North Shore International choices, then after the Café and ‘organized chaos’ subsides, we clean up and spray
Insurance Service who sponsored this memorable event. They served down all the counters and tables. It is like a miniature restaurant and you even get
us steamy pieces of turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, delicious paid with one free snack after you have completed your assigned duties
stuffing, and a delightful vanilla cake for dessert.
The Boys & Girls Club’s Café has taken a new direction. The food they sell is
Throughout the dinner, many healthy and delicious. There are bagels, fruits, vegetables and cereal - all for under
activities were held. Mary a dollar! Here’s what some customers have to say about it:
Ellen’s Dance Girls performed
to “Stomp It to My Beat” and Allison said she really, really misses the old Café a lot, especially the chocolate
“Jai Ho”. It was a lot of fun goodness. She doesn’t really like it now because she has to eat healthy foods at
since parents also attended to home and sometimes she just needs a break, but she says she does like the bagels.
watch the performances.
For many girls, this was their I asked Caroline if she likes the new and improved Café, and she answered,
YES! She loves the new Café because they sell her favorite foods such as apples,
first time on stage performing
Derek & Jackson content after a oranges and French toast bagels. She doesn’t miss the old Café because she hated
for an audience. They wore most of the food.
delicious meal and seeing their friends
colorful skirts with leggings,
perform.
patterned tops, and fun bright Derek said the new Café is “OK” because he only liked a few things like the
blue gloves. bagels, fruit snacks and yogurt.
Thanksgiving at the Club was a huge reunion since all the sites come He misses the old Café but at least
they still sell food!
together for this event. Awards were announced for Torch of the
Month and Youth of the Month for Salem and the Higgins School in The last person that I interviewed
Peabody. was Mary-Ellen, our Performing
One member had a blast at her Grandmother’s house for Arts & Education Director. She
Thanksgiving, where she played all night with her cousins. For said she likes the new Café better
dinner, everyone pitched in and brought something. They had because a lot of the food is healthy,
and sometimes half of her lunch
delicious turkey slices with mashed potatoes, accompanied by “the
comes from the new Café. Her
best corn ever” as she claimed. Her mom made the mashed potatoes. favorite items are apples, oranges,
She was stuffed after eating at both of her Grandmother’s houses. string cheese and yogurt.
During dinner they sat around the table and each of them gave thanks
to God for something they were grateful for. She was grateful for
being able to spend time with her family and the delicious food.

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Cheerleading for the Salem Witches Do You Have Mad NBA Skills?
By Jamyel
By Ashley E.

I have been a Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem member for five The NBA basketball skills event is an exciting event at the Boys & Girls
years, and cheer for the Salem Witches, which is part of the North East Club. On our first half day of the year, everyone went to the gym to sign up
Conference Youth Football League. We practice at Witchcraft Heights for a skills test that was put on by the NBA. The rules of the game- they have
Elementary School 3-4 days a week. We have games each Sunday and to make a lay-up, go for two shots, dribble, then pass it to a staff and go in for
cheer for the Salem football team. We also compete in competitions. At another lay-up. Everybody did really well.
practice, we work on our routine for competition and practice cheers
for games, like my favorite called SALEM which goes like this: Andrew, from the Witchcraft program, was fast and did really great. Justice,
from the licensed program at Hawthorne, was awesome and fast and he is only
eight years old! Michael had speed and was also great at shooting. Zachary was
GIVE ME AN S (S!), GIVE ME AN A (A!),
nervous, and made a few mistakes; but had fun while he was doing it. Kyle was
GIVE ME A L (L!), GIVE ME A E (E!), amazing! He made every single shot and had a good chance of winning. When
GIVE ME AN M (M!). WHAT’S THAT SPELL? (SALEM!) it was my turn to go I was so excited. I think I did really well, especially with
WHO ARE WE? (SALEM!) WHO’S GONNA WIN? my passing. I don’t think I won, but I had a lot of fun as did most of the kids I
(SALEM!) LOUDER! SALEM talked to.

S-A-L-E-M GO GO GO S-A-L-E-M GO GO The winners of the competition got to see the Boston Celtics practice and won
GO S-A-L-E-M GO GO GO! 2 tickets to a Celtics game. They also got to move on to compete in another
competition, and maybe compete in Texas after that. Some of the winners were
At cheerleading, I met some close friends. Some I knew before Caroline, Kyle and Alexis. They had a blast with the Celtics, earned cool shirts
cheerleading and I convinced them to join, and others I met for the first and are excited to go to a Celtics game. This was a really fun event and we
time. We got new uniforms this year and instead of being all black with are lucky to get the chance to participate in these tests with the chance to win
amazing prizes. I hope that all of the winners of the Salem Boys & Girls Club
some red and white they are all red with some black and white.
do really well in their next competition and can move on to the finals!

Harlem Rockets vs. BGC All Stars


By Randy

The charity basketball game between the Harlem Rockets from NYC and the Boys
& Girls Club was a great success. The day started with the Rockets coming to the
Club and spending time with the kids. There was an assembly in the gym to talk to
the kids about how to be respectful to themselves, the staff, their friends
and their parents. They also spoke about what it means to be a role model, Above:Athletic Director Matt is used to running
how important a good education is, and how dangerous drugs and alcohol games in the gym not so used to running on the court.
can be. Instead of leaving right after the assembly, the Rockets chose to Below: Ariel, a starter on the 18 & Under basketball
spend their day getting to know the kids and playing everything from pool team had fun showing his skills.
Connor spins a ball on his to connect four with us.
finger, who knew he was
such a pro? Tip off was at 7:00 pm at the Salem State O’Keefe Center. The Harlem
Rockets played against the Salem Boys & Girls Club All Stars which
was a combination of alumni, staff and our very own 18 & Under Travel Team. The score was close
at times, but it seemed the Rockets were just too much for the Club. I have never seen Matt, our
Athletic Director, run so much, but he was the leading scorer for the All Stars. It was great to see
some high flying fun, and it wasn’t all on the Rockets side. Eric Downie, one of our staff at Higgins
and Terrance Williams, the teen study mentor and coach of the 12 & Under Travel Team both had
some dunks! Although the Club’s All Stars lost, it was a great experience for the kids and staff.

Teens Have a Place to Call Their Own


By Eric & Lindsay
A CLUB HOLIDAY
By Yibelis & Coral
At the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem you December 23 was a huge day for the kids here at the
can do a lot of different things; that is why I like it here. Club- the day the Club celebrated the holiday season. St.
In the teen center you can hang out with your friends, John’s Prep does a toy drive throughout the whole month
play guitar hero, ping pong, foosball and board games. of December to earn a ‘dress down’ day. It was a great
My favorite thing to do is play pool. It is nice to have opportunity for them and an honor that they choose us for
a separate area from all of the little kids, with our own their donation. Not only do the St. John’s Prep students
spaces. We never had a teen room just for homework collect toys, many came to our dinner to help out.
with our own computers, until now. The teen study has Before dinner, we had a huge game of dodgeball, the
really nice furniture, looking more like a real office and Terrance, the newest addition to the Club Club vs. St. John’s Prep. The Club won of course. A lot
allows us to do our work and have our own homework staff helps Marc & Jonny with homework.
New rule for the travel teams: all teens must
of Club members got to know students at St John’s Prep
room staff, Terrance who was just hired. Any teen on playing pool, connect four and other games. During the
complete 4 hours of homework to participate
a basketball team must do 4 hours of homework each dinner, they helped serve food and even cleaned up after
in games and practice of following week.
week to participate. This is a new rule at the Club, the event-WOW!! Thanks to St. John’s Prep, Santa was
which has been a shock to many team members but able to give every kid two presents, including the kids
overall is working out. Michael, age 14, loves coming to the Club and never misses a day. He gets from our child care programs at Witchcraft, Hawthorne
help with his homework here, but his favorite thing to do is play basketball on the 15 and Under and Higgins in Peabody. We were also able to give
Travel Team. presents to many other organizations including Pathways
When the teen study first opened, we had an event with a few different speakers about career for Children in Gloucester, Salem Community Child
exploration. I learned a lot when Orlando Pacheco, Tony Vargas and Krazy Kulo spoke about the Care, the Food Pantry, and provide 15 Club families with
future and making good choices. Orlando Pacheco is the Town Administrator of Lancaster, MA, Tony gifts for the their children. All of our teens received gift
Vargas is a barber with his own barber shop in Peabody called Exclusive Hair Design, and Krazy cards to go shopping- what could be better? At the party,
Kulo is the producer of the morning show on JAM’N 94.5. Before they got to where they were today, we gave over 250 kids gifts! We also received supplies
they were kids who grew up in circumstances like most of the teens here, some even from Salem’s for our programs for arts, athletics, games and prizes.
“Point” neighborhood. They did not have it easy growing up, but they worked hard to make the best Guy Robinson, who works in our after school program,
of it, becoming successful men. They told us we need to work hard and make smart decisions today was the DJ and Mary-Ellen’s dance group gave another
which will affect our future. The speakers inspired us all to work harder to better ourselves. outstanding performance.

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After School Program Fun for All! Inside the Insiders Program By Gabriely
By Lily
The Insiders is a group of girls who go out to eat at restaurants with Boys &
The Boys & Girls Club offers many after school programs. Matt, the Girls Club Program Director, Jodi. We go to the 99 Restaurant and other places that many
bus driver who is also the Athletic Director, drives around every school to pick up the of us haven’t tried in Salem. While we are together, we talk about programs, school,
kids for an after school adventure. Each site offers the same home-like feeling, but are issues going between friends, boys and other things that are on our mind. On another fun
unique in their own way. night we stayed at the Club and had dinner with one of the Board members, Beth, and a
few of her friends. It was exciting to be able to have two different “girls groups” come
The first site is at the main Club at 13 Hawthorne Boulevard. Downstairs is for kids together.
8 and older. We provide a gym with many in-house and traveling teams, a joyful
game room with loads of tournaments, a creative art room, a computer room, and an The group was formed because the girls thought it would be a safe and comfortable
educational homework room. Upstairs is the Hawthorne site for ages 5 to 8 where place to talk without being judged. Since there was already a younger girls group called
they can express themselves in ways they’ve never done before. The little kids get Smart Girls for 6-8 and 9-11 year olds, Jodi thought it would be a good idea to have one
snacks, and have crazy and fun staff such as Ashley, Guy and Kathy. for older girls ages 12-15. We chose the name “The Insiders” because everything stays
between us. Even though we may not all be best friends outside of the program, once the
Ashley says “Its fun working with the little kids because they make my day! I’m program starts we are all encouraging and kind to one another.
always extremely nice to them. I run a program called Club Read for Kindergarten
students that don’t have any homework. I bring them into a quiet room during power I interviewed one member of the girls group, Monique, who
hour and read them a story, and every other day I do an activity with them.” Ashley said that she liked being in the group because all the girls get
also runs a dance program for the little kids. to go out to eat and have fun while having girl talk. Some of
the stuff that we talk about is girl stuff, and whatever we say
Guy’s choices of words were “Kids Club is made from the best stuff on earth.”
never leaves the table. It is a helpful and fun group to be a part
Kathy is a great down to earth staff member who runs Junior Achievement with of. Some issues we have talked about include self-esteem,
activities such as basketball, football and art projects to keep the kids entertained short and long term goals, role models and family problems.
all day. They have two rooms, full of excited, loud, friendly children. Many of the I agree with Monique that the group is fun, because we get to
kids in this program have brothers and sisters in the downstairs program. Many will go out to eat which is always fun. This program is beneficial,
“graduate” to go downstairs in a year or two. because it helps us bond with other girls, get things off our
minds, and solve our problems together. You not only discover
Our 3rd site is the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, another fun, exciting new things about yourself but also about other Club members.
learning experience. At both programs the kids get a snack each day, usually healthy
but yummy! The kids also get to visit Peabody Essex Museum and do interesting
projects there. WITCH CITY DANCIN’!
By Ashley C. & Coral
Well that’s the scoop on the after school programs at the
Boys & Girls Club. Sign Up!
Witch City Dance is a program
Left, Hailey, age 5: “I love being started by the Kids’ Club staff
upstairs so much because we get Guy and Ashley. Ashley is the
to do girls dance. I like the staff choreographer and ‘Pretty Boy’
because we do lots of activities. Robinson (Guy) is the DJ. This dance
Guy is just so funny!” group was made for kids in the drop-
in program at the Club at that “in
Right, Justice, age 7: “I like between age”- not ready to be a teen
when we do cool activities and but not wanting to stay downstairs
sometimes basketball games. I also with the little kids. The staff saw
love my staff because they are nice a need because these kids weren’t
and they help us do our homework participating in other programs, and
and sometimes they play with us!” they wanted to give them some fun
and excitement!

26 kids joined the program when it started, and everyone was interested in the types of
MEET THE STAFF OF music we were going to dance to, and where and when we were performing. Many of
the kids are Hispanic, and grew up in a Spanish speaking neighborhood, so most of them
“WHAT’S THE WORD” had things in common. Much
of the music was reggaeton
and Spanish Hip Hop. The
girls have become really close,
Here are the faces behind the stories, each with their own story... even if they are different ages
and races and hadn’t hung out
in the Club before.
Ally, Age 12: Favorite food:
chinese. Favorite book: The first day of the program,
Twilight. Loves video games. the kids brainstormed about
the songs they wanted to
dance to then they got into
Lily, Age 11: Loves theatre a big circle and free danced.
& dance at the Club. Favorite This allowed the kids to
food: seafood. express themselves and have
their fun. This program helped
Michelle, Age 12: Loves many Club members to find
art. Every program at the their niche, and it’s also a good workout!
Club is her favorite!
Many of the kids took learning the choreography seriously, practicing in and out of
the Club. The kids who were the strongest stuck with the program and performed on
Saira, Age 12: Loves to many occasions. The girls went through rough patches but they didn’t let their team
dance. Favorite food: pizza. down. They help each other to better themselves instead of giving each other negative
Has 2 sisters at the Club. comments when mistakes are made. They are constructive and teach one another. The
girls don’t move on until everyone understands the dance moves.
Coral, Age 14: Loves to dance
Early 2009, the girl’s preformed at Salem State College at half time of the Boys &
and hang with friends. Enjoys
Girls Club’s basketball team
teen cooking & helping at Club.
home games, and in the
auditorium at the Club at the
Yibelis, Age 17: On BGC Champion’s Dinner where all
staff. Loves R & B & hip hop. of the programs around the
Favorite food: pizza. Club are celebrated, and at the
Dance Spectacular, where many
Gabriely, Age 14: Loves different groups performed.
to dance. Favorite food: Additional The girls wore graphic sweat
chinese. Her sister also Contributors: pants and t-shirts that had tiger
attends the Club. Ashley C, Ashley E, scratches on it (home made of
course) and put their hair up in
Thank you to Comcast Bridget, Chaterine, Eric,
color coordinated ribbons.
for making this program Jamyel, Lindsay
Randy and Ryan.
possible.

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First Bloom Summer Fun At The Boys & Girls Club
Program Grows At
Club By Michelle
Schooner Camp Sets Sail By Michelle
Through a grant
The First Bloom Program with the National
is run by the National Parks Parks Service, the
Service and Mary-Ellen Hickey. Boys & Girls Club
This Branch in the tree of First awarded 20 scholarships
Bloom is held at the Boys & Girls for kids to attend the
Club of Greater Salem. There are Schooner Fame Camp for
14 kids ages 8-12 in the program. free. The Schooner Fame
was a schooner boat in
1812, and a replica is in
This group has gone on field Salem Harbor. Each day
trips to learn about plants and during the summer, a
animals. One of these trips group of kids would go
was to Green Meadows Farm, sailing. There is a gold
where the group enjoyed watch and a blue watch.
learning about the plants and The blue watch is for the
animals there. Another trip younger kids (8-10), and the gold watch is for the older kids (11-13). On the boat, you
was to Topsfield Fairgrounds, learn how to tie the basic knots: square knot, figure eight knot, and the bowlin knot.
where the animals fascinated
us! Some of the larger bunnies We learned how to steer the boat and navigate through the water. One day, boaters went
looked like cats, and the to Misery Island and walked around looking at the ancient ruins. Others went around
chickens were loud! We even the island studying the shape of the island. By the end of the week, these groups were
got to watch baby chicks being expert navigators and even made maps of the island with a key. Each day they would
born. The trip to the Salem keep a log of everything going on, and about 3 times a
Maritime was exciting. First day, they would write the wind’s direction, the direction
Bloomers helped plant herbs, decorated miniature boats, participated in ship building they were heading, and the weather. Each day on the
activities and even got their faces painted! During Summer Camp at the Boys & Girls boat we would switch watches every few hours. First
Club, campers went to a national park each week, including: Saugus Iron Works, the blue watch would steer, trim the sail, and be on bow
U.S.S. Constitution Ship and Minute Man National Park. The National Park Service has watch, and then the gold watch would switch with them.
become an exciting partner of the Club. Other great activities included making a journal To steer, you would use the tiller, which is at the end of
out of cereal boxes and recycled paper, collecting cans and bottles to create artwork and the boat, also the compass. To trim the sails you would
going to the Farmers Market to talk with local farmers about the foods and plants they need many people because one sail was way too heavy.
grow. On bow watch, two people would sit at the bow and
watch out for lobster traps. Captain Mike runs the camp
MJ, age 10, says First Bloom is one of his and helped build the boat about seven years ago. The
favorite programs at the Club. The more field staff was nice. They played games with the campers and
trips, the better because you can see the plants taught us how to make bracelets. Although everybody
and animals instead of just learning about was sad they had to leave, they all had a boating
them on paper. His favorite field trip was the experience to remember forever.
farm, because he liked the animals.
Alexandra, age 10, liked camp because it was the only camp she went to this summer.
Lilah, age 9, enjoys the field trips because She enjoyed jumping off the boat and hanging out with friends from the Club, many
you talk and learn about nature and other of which she doesn’t see all summer. She learned a lot about the boat and how to sail.
outdoor activities. Her favorite part is She loved Misery Island, even though it was freezing when she swam. She also liked
learning about helping the environment. The walking in the woods and meeting other groups on the beach.
types of seeds she collected were poppy,
hitchhiker and iris. Her favorite field trip was Isabella, age 11, liked Schooner Camp because of the nice staff and because it was
the farm. “I liked the baby chickens and baby ducks.” a lot of fun. Her favorite thing was learning to tie different knots with rope and then
You can see excerpts from our blog at www.first-bloom.org. jumping rope after tying them all together. She enjoyed learning about Misery Island,
and going in the dingy boat.

Dear Mom: We Loved Summer Camp at the We also went to places such as

Club! By Saira & Yibelis Salem Willows, Salem State, Dane


Street Beach and Lynch Park to
swim. The kids also went to Winter
Have you ever been to the Boys & Island almost every Wednesday
for Girl Scouts where girls made
Girls Club Summer Camp? If not, lip gloss and fruit kabobs, and
you should definitely consider coming next
boys played ‘capture the flag’ or
year!
‘tag’. Sometimes the kids would
go crab hunting for points, and I
Each week has its own theme. During
was impressed by the number they
Holiday Week the kids were able to
bring back the theme of Christmas
would find filling many of our sand buckets.
and Hanukkah. They could even wear
Most of the kid’s favorite spot was Salem
their Halloween costumes to the Club and have an Easter Egg Hunt -isn’t that cool?
Willows, because they had varieties of foods
Adventure Week, the kids went to the movies to see The Tale of Desperaux and checked
to choose from and many games to play like
out Castle Island. Sports Week, kids showed their team pride by wearing team jerseys
Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. While
and hats and having relays and other games. Entertainment Week, kids got a chance to
some enjoyed playing, others sat at the beach
show off their singing and dance moves in a talent show and go to Water Country. Kids
eating popcorn or fried dough. The kids also
went all out on two of my favorite days: Rockstar Day and Greek Gods & Goddesses
enjoyed going to Roller World. Some were
Day. Safari Week, the kids saw some wild animals at Stone Zoo. Olympic Week, the
able to face their fears without hesitation,
kids researched their country and went the Summer Expo at Nashua NH to meet other
while others struggled to learn how to skate
Boys & Girls Clubs. History Week, we visited Devereux Beach and dressed like Greek
(including the staff!).
Goddesses. Back to the Future Week, kids visited Wingaersheek Beach where the sand
was snowy white and the water was clear as can be. Wacky Water Week, members made
This summer we had a new partner: The National Park Service. Every week National
their annual Canobie Lake field trip.
Park Rangers would meet us somewhere, and the kids would learn more each week so
we wouldn’t forget what we learned during
Kids would earn points by dressing up
the school year, trying to keep our brains
on theme days such as Pajama Day, Twin
sizzling with intelligence. We visited
Day, Pirate Day, Cowboy/girl Day, and
Saugus Iron Works, the USS Constitution,
Decade Day where everywhere you turned
Salem Maritime, Gloucester Maritime and
you saw someone from the 60s and 70s. If
Minute Man National Park.
your team is in first place, you would have
an Ice Cream Sundae party with ALL of
Summer Camp continues to engage
the toppings. The kids got really into the
children in fun and laughter but is also a
themes, and a lot of friendly competition
safe place to try many new things.
was demonstrated throughout the whole
summer.

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Manny Cruz, 2009 Youth of the Year, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
In most movies This year, I became one of the captains of the 18 and had a defeatist attitude. They started showing off
about an under basketball team. Being so, I have learned the and he told me that “I cannot believe you’re letting
importance of respect and loyalty. I also learned that them do this to you, it’s just disrespectful.” It was in
inspirational
no one person can change the tide of a game- it takes that moment something inside of me sparked and I
story the protagonist a group effort. Just like in life you can’t always do knew that if I didn’t step up, nobody would. I ended
always has a place everything yourself, you need people you can rely up inspiring the rest of my team to play as hard I did
he goes to find his upon. Through the team, I become a harder worker and we brought the game to within seven points.
encouragement and and want the best for my teammates and myself.
motivation. For We share a bond that makes us as close as brothers. On the ride back, even after the loss, Coach told
me, that place of Without this Club, I would have never been able me he was impressed with how I played and he
inspiration would to connect with my team as I do now. If we didn’t underestimated me. It felt good to prove myself to
be the Boys & Girls all decide to show up to those try-outs none of us him, and from then on I always wanted to work hard
Club. This place has would be in this brotherhood and learn what loyalty to earn his praise. I saw the effect I had on people
become a lot more and respect really are. But the most important thing when I worked my hardest and knew this is what I
than just a place where I go to hang out. This place I have learned is that everything I learn from our wanted for myself. Without the Boys & Girls Club,
has taught me life lessons and inspired me to become team doesn’t just apply to basketball, it applies to I would have never met Andre and probably never
a good person. It has become a place in which life. You’re always going to be around people and would have been so inspired to be great. This Club
people believe in me. Other than my family, I never by giving them respect you learn the proper way to has shown me some of the good people of the world
found a place that gives me such support. It has succeed. Through communication, we all learned and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of them
become a second home to me. The positive vibe I get that success is possible even when the situation and bringing out the good in everyone else.
when I step through the doors can only be described appears to be dim. None of these changes that have
as amazing. More than anything, this Club has been taken place in each of us would be possible without Without this Club I would have never had so many
a place of opportunity, a place of learning, a positive the Club. amazing opportunities, like meeting so many good
environment and most importantly; my outlet to any people. I never had a good sense of direction, and I
of the problems in my life. As I said, every protagonist has a place of inspiration never used to capitalize on every opportunity. But
and this Club is mine. Most of it is due to the staff. since I have come to the Club those opportunities
Most kids my age choose to do other things that They have such a positive vibe around them; I can’t have been brought to me. Things like auditioning for
impact their lives in a negative way. Since coming help but take it in myself. They see my potential and the Comcast Fancaster for the Celtics and winning.
to this Club, I have only been affected in a positive believe in me. They brought the best person out of Before, something like an audition for television
way. Before I came to the Club I had a negative me, which is all I ever wanted for myself. One of seemed far away, but the Club has brought the things
outlook on life because of all the things going on at the people who contributed to this is my coach. His I thought were so far away closer to me. If I were to
the time. I brought this negative attitude everywhere words are all I needed to become inspired. He told give a teen advice on how to become a better person
I went, from school to my own home. I didn’t feel me that people aren’t scared of failure but are afraid or how to find good opportunities, the first place I
comfortable no matter where I went. After hearing to succeed. He tells the team that we need to put would tell them to go to the Boys & Girls Club. If
about a try-out for basketball at the Boys & Girls our best foot forward and seize every opportunity. a place like this can change my life for the better, I
Club, I decided to go. Midway through the season I He also made me see the potential I had to be great. know that it can do it for others. I hope that anyone
started noticing that this place was a good place for Before I met him, I was unmotivated and never tried who has a chance to come to the Club feels the same
me. It was keeping me off the streets and helping me my best. But one day he coached one of our games way I do, and hope one day I can help the Boys &
deal with my attitude. Just by walking in, I always and for the first time in a long time I wanted to prove Girls Club, the same way it has helped me turn my
found myself smiling because I knew I would be myself to someone. The game was a blow out, the life around.
received here with a smile. I felt like whenever I opposing team was up twenty points; worst of all it
came to the Club, nothing else mattered- not my was 4th Quarter with 4 minutes to go and everyone
situation at home, school or anywhere.

Excerpts from 2009 Youth of the Year


Candidate Essays

Ashley Colon:
“Growing up at the Club, I always looked
forward to having fun each day and learning
something new. The Boys & Girls Club was my
second home and still is.
I want every child to boost their self-confidence
as I did when I was younger, and meet new
friends around the Club. Together we’re one
Club, so together we’re one family.”

Yibelis Pena:
“The Boys & Girls Club is a great after
2009 Youth of the Year Candidates school activity. It is shown to keep lots of
kids off the streets.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
In two years I plan to attend college and major
L to R: Ashley Colon, Yibelis Pena, Alex Moreta in Child Psychology. Working at the Club helps
and Manny Cruz, 2009 Youth of the Year me get a clearer view of how kids think and
act. I am positive that I want to work with kids.
Therefore, I am proud to wear my staff shirt.”
What is the Youth of the Year?
by Yibelis
Alex Moreta:
Youth of the Year is an opportunity to demonstrate your speaking, writing
and leadership skills throughout the Boys & Girls Club. Candidates write two “The Club means more to me than just
essays, one about the Club and what it means to you, and one about why college fun. To me, the Club means responsibility to
is important to you. You also get interviewed by six staf members on topics from my community and family to become a better
home and family to your life goals. Each of the four nominated youth go in front person. The Club helps me with socializing,
of a panel of judges and one youth is chosen as Youth of the Year to represent decision making, sportsmanship and more.
the Club. The winner competes against other Club winners across the state,
then maybe across the country. This competition is truly a way to realize the When I’m at the Club I feel like I’m at a safe
significance of the Club in our lives and to become a role model for other Club home. If there was no Boys & Girls Club, I
members. don’t know what I would do.”

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Power Hour Helps Make Homework Fun! By Ally & Bridget
Who said homework can’t be fun? At the Boys & Girls Club, we get prizes for our efforts. Power Hour is the first activity of the day and for many kids, their
only time to get their homework done with people there to guide and help them. A room is dedicated for quiet concentration on even the hardest subjects and staff
and volunteers help whenever you don’t understand something

Christine is in charge of the room, keeping track of everyone’s points. Each sheet of paper earns you 5 points, but on Friday it is double! If a Club member is
committed to doing their homework each day, they can earn 100 points or more, putting them in first place. Every other week the top 20 point earners take part
in an exciting event everyone wants to be a part of, and prizes from board games and stuffed animals to sports balls and magic kits are on display to choose
from. When Jodi announces your name and what place you came in, everyone cheers and you get to pick your reward. Hopefully your teacher gives you a lot of
homework, and you are motivated to do it all at the Club and earn lots of points!

Jordan, age 11, does Power Hour just for the fun of it! He has won Power Hour twice so far. He won a laptop case and a mini Tech
Deck skateboard. He admits, “When you do your homework you get to win cool prizes! I like Power Hour because you get prizes
for doing something you don’t like.” He gets help on math, not his favorite subject.

Chrishae, age 9, just started at the Club but likes Power Hour because she gets help and understands her homework more. She likes
that her homework is always right, so she does well in class. She hopes to earn a prize someday, but for now she is just excited to be
someplace new where there are a lot more choices of what to do during the day.

Brad, age 8, screams “I do Power Hour to win stuff!” He has never won Power Hour but he keeps trying to win “super coolio”
prizes! Brad does not like doing homework because it is boring, but he thinks it is good because he gets a lot of help and can get it
all done before he goes home.

New Club member Lili, age 11, does Power Hour to get prizes for homework. She has won Power Hour once, and
Chrishae puts the final won a beanie baby snake! EEK!! Power Hour teaches kids that if you do your homework and get
touch on her homework. help you can get good grades and sometimes earn cool prizes like backpacks, shirts and stuffed
animals.

Christine Moulton has been working at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem since December 2008. She helps kids with
homework by sitting with them and working through each problem. She likes helping kids and remembers a lot from when
she was in school, although sometimes it can be a challenge. For her, the most difficult subjects are science and math. She
loves working here, and misses it when she isn’t at the Club. She proudly tells us that almost 100 kids participate in the Power
Hour homework program. Although she didn’t go to a Boys & Girls Club growing up, her dad did but then it was called The
Boys Club! Christine is from Northboro, MA and is now in her third year at Salem State College. She majors in Social Work.
Before the Boys & Girls Club, Christine worked as a lifeguard. Christine has a dog Bailey, a brother and a sister. She loves to
travel and some of her favorite trips have been Ireland, Aruba and Hawaii. We are happy to have such a fun and dedicated staff Brad has faith he will win Power
at the Club. Hour someday!

Dominican Republic Club Members Try to Make Themselves at Home at the Club
By Chaterine & Yibelis

explore the world. Dahiany’s last choices of words were: “Vive la Vida Paso a
The Boys & Girls Club believes in providing a positive and safe environment
Paso!” (“Live life step by step!”)
for every child regardless of race, language, and income. We have kids from
all around the world, with a large number of emigrants from the Dominican Chaterine is 13 years old, but has been here since she was 9. The day she arrived
Republic. Although some staff have trouble understanding and communicating she walked downtown with her cousins and got familiar with the place. Her
with these kids, they learn more and more everyday. cousins helped by teaching her a few English words a day. Seven weeks later
she felt as if she were home again. When asked to describe her first few days
When a new Spanish-speaking child comes to the Club, the first instinct is to here, she remembered being shy. The only word she knew was ‘hi’, and she
introduce yourself and ask about them, which is difficult if you don’t know was teased by boys at her school. Her first day of school was nerve wracking.
Spanish. Matt Carr, the Athletic Director, says his only concern is how fast they She spoke fondly about her native home, saying she misses her friends, family,
speak. His favorite Spanish phrase is “como estaba la escuela hoy?” (How was environment, the pools and most of all the beaches. When asked if she would
school today?) because it helps him learn a few new words and about their day return if she could, she didn’t hesitate to answer “Yes! Because I have a lot
as well. Matt understands some Spanish but finds it extremely hard to explain more fun.” Chaterine understands it might take a while, so she is willing to
the rules of a game sometimes. That is where Ryan or Yibelis come to the rescue, make something out of her life while being here. “Here I wish to accomplish my
both native speaking junior staff members. When there’s a problem around the dreams of becoming a model and learning more English.”
Club, or a parent needs questions answered, they take over. Ryan was born here
and learned Spanish from his parents, and likes being able to help. Having these Cristin, is 8 years old and the sister of Yan Carlos. When introduced to her
kids around has helped the staff learn not only the language but their culture. family in Salem, she was in shock at how many relatives she didn’t know she
had. She emigrated here to be with her dad. Her first few days were strange.
Yan Carlos is 14 years old and emigrated 2 months ago from Santiago in the She felt out of place as she was
Dominican Republic. His first steps in the US were mixed, sad but happy. His spoken to in English and had no
father brought him and his siblings here for a better future. Yan Carlos is in the method of responding. She was
8th grade and claims his first day wasn’t scary at all because he was confident, made fun of by the girls at school,
and met new friends right away. He prefers tropical weather over the weather but she never let that faze her. In
here. When asked if he had the chance to return to his home country, would he the future she plans to take ballet
take the chance? He replied “Yes” because he misses his friends, family and the classes. When asked of how she
atmosphere. He finished by saying what he hoped to accomplish now that he felt today, she responded happy
was here; “Espero ayudar a mi familia economicamente en lo que yo pueda.” (“I she loves the new environment.
hope to be able and help my family economically in the future.”) She claimed she definitely
prefers the cold weather over the
Maria is 15 years old, and emigrated 4 months ago. She was brought here by heat, because it’s a change. She
her dad who has lived here his whole life. Her mother stayed behind in DR but believes the most important words
she speaks to her everyday. Marie is proud to be here, because she was one of she has learned have been “I am
the ‘chosen few’ to have the privilege of coming to the US. She is excited about sorry” because it can help her in
her first snowy Christmas, and dreams of becoming a Pediatrician. Maria’s any given situation. Cristin has a
final words were: “El bien estar mio, es el de mi familia.” (“My success is my good head on her shoulders, and
family’s well being.”) said: “Seguir para alante, y nunca
Club Member Chaterine: “Llegando a este
dejes que las palabras te afecten.” pais, yo aprendimuchas cosas que me ayudan
Dahiany is 13 years old and arrived in the US 3 months ago with her mom and (“Sticks and stones may break my conocer a mas sente.” (Coming here has
finds it hard to engage in new routines and atmospheres. She’s not a big fan of bones but words will never hurt taught me how to interact with people from
the cold weather; and not looking forward to snow. In the future she plans to me.”). other environments.)

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CLUB Q & A by By Saira & Yibelis
We asked Club members: “Who is your hero and why?”

Hector, age 12: Michael


Adrian, age 8: Spiderman, Jan Carlos, age 13: Kobe Bryant,
Caroline, age 8: My Jordan, because he is good at
because he has really cool because he is the man.
brother, because he basketball.
superpowers. always looks out for Jay, age 12: Manny (Summer
me. Lisabel, age
Camp JR Staff & Youth of the
9: My mom,
Year 2009), because he teaches
because she
me right from wrong.
can tolerate
so much, like
4 children
including me.

Eric, age 11: My dad, he raised Jayla, age 5: My mom,


me and brought me up into this because she does my hair.
world

Jesse, age 17: Superman, because


he is strong, fast, and a good leader.
Omar, age 7: My
dad, because he helps
me reach things.
Maryvette, age 6: My mom, because
she protects me.

Hailey, age 5:
Jane, age 9: My dad, because Princess Presto,
he achieved his dream and because she has a
Kama, age 8 ½: Brianna,
became a graphic designer, magic wand and
because she is my best friend
my inspiration. she is my favorite
and we always have fun.
superhero with
cool shoes and a
Manny, age 17: Andre (Teen
pretty dress.
Director), because he inspires
Kolten, age 8: My cat, me and makes me believe in
because she had a kitten. myself.

Kasey, age 8:Cameron,


my brother, because
even when I annoy him
sometimes I know he still
loves me. William, age 6:
Pokemon,
because they
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