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Posted on November 12, 2019 at 8:26 AM by Ashley Mock
Posted on September 16, 2019 at 9:07 AM by Ashley Mock
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County has been at the forefront of youth development for over 24 years providing young people a safe, educational and fun environment within our 20 locations throughout the county. We serve more than 15,000 youth annually with our afterschool, summer and outreach programming such as truancy, which assists in promoting regular school attendance.
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County’s Truancy Program has been in existence since 2006, through continued funding received by the Children’s Services Council. Together in partnership with the St. Lucie Public Schools, service is provided to 15 elementary schools. The goal of the Truancy Program is to reduce the rate of absenteeism within the schools served and to help better educate families by informing them of the truancy laws, school policies regarding attendance and the possible consequences. The Truancy Program provides services such as working with school officials to identify children who have 5 or more unexcused absences, monitor attendance records and contact families of students who continue to have excessive unexcused absences. In addition, families are referred to community resources and truancy court as needed.
Join us in promoting Attendance Awareness Month in September in support of your child’s future. Here are some tools that can be used to help promote, support and establish good attendance:
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with a world class Boys & Girls Club experience, assuring that success is within reach for every young person who walks through our doors, and that every Club member graduates from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living healthy lifestyles. The Club enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
With 20 locations throughout the county, Boys & Girls Clubs programs serve a diverse group of kids from grades K-12. We serve 15,000 youth throughout the year from a variety of backgrounds. Be part of something wonderful and take a tour of an area club by calling (772) 460-9918 or visiting www.bgcofslc.org or at www.facebook.com/bgcofslc.
Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:35 PM by Ashley Mock
By: Leslie Campos, Wellparents.com
Rethink Your Road Trip
If you have very little time to plan, a road trip is just what the doctor ordered. So, pack your bags, pick a direction, and start driving. If you want to save money on food, pack a cooler for the first day or two and bring along a picnic blanket and an assortment of snacks so you can get out, stretch your legs, and have a bite to eat before you keep trucking. Make the trip really interesting by skipping the interstates and big cities; there are plenty of small towns all throughout America that have plenty of unique roadside attractions. Chances are, the majority of your children’s classmates will never have an opportunity to experience these gems. Check out Roadside America to get an idea of what’s within a few hours drive of your home.
Entertain and Engage
As much fun as you’ll have on your adventures, there will be times when there’s nothing to do. For the kids, this is usually in the car. There is no shame in allowing them to use a device to while away the time, but stick with educational games. The LeapPad Glo is a great choice for the 3- to 9-year-old crowd and boasts a 1,000-plus strong library of e-books, videos, and learning games. At night, a plug-and-play streaming device is a must; assuming you have access to the internet, you’ll be able to let your children watch their favorite shows while you settle in. There are plenty of free apps to choose from (including PBS Kids). Remember, different devices have different features, so do your research before you hit the road.
Play Where You Stay
If you are on a tight budget, spend some time planning your excursion before you head out the door. One thing to consider is looking for a place that has on-site activities; this will cut down on the amount of money you spend staying entertained during the day. Even if you don’t want to go far from home, there are plenty of nearby options. Holiday Inn in Port St. Lucie is a great example and features an expansive swimming pool and waterfall. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and don’t mind a longer drive, the Travel Channel recommends these eight water park hotels, which are scattered across the country, from Virginia to Wisconsin.
Sometimes, you have to bite the bullet and jet away. Unfortunately, air travel can be extremely stressful with younger kids — and some adults. However, it does not have to be. Make sure to book a day flight, as late-night flights and hyperactive toddlers are a recipe for disaster. Next, make sure you pick a seat close to the potty. You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough sippy cups and snacks to last for the duration of the flight. UpgradedPoints offers a ton of great information on how to reduce stress while flying with children.
Traveling is a great experience, and it doesn’t matter if you plan for months in advance or decide 20 minutes before you pull out of the driveway. If you haven’t got the kids out of town — or at least out of the house — this summer, these budget-friendly tips can help you make the most of your last few precious weeks before school is in session.
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