A Message from our LABB Director:
I am Willie Kearney, Director of LABB. Every morning as I open up the facility, set up the check-in station, position the portable sink for hand washing, organize the COVID-19 log books, I play upbeat music with great anticipation of receiving the Club members for the day. Club members like Kylee, who comes to the Club every morning with a song and a dance. Sisters Deoni and Damaya report every day with lovely smiles and synchronous a cappella responses to the COVID-19 screening questions. They look and sound like angels. I have to subdue my excitement as the gentle giant of the Club, Kelsey, makes his egress from his mother’s small Toyota. Standing 6’2” he always greets me with a positive attitude ready for the day’s challenges. He is by far one of my hardest working teens in the Club. He embodies the image of young servant leadership. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not serving our full Club population at this time. These are just a few examples of the members I am blessed to help inspire here at LABB. At the end of each day, I complete my COVID-19 checklist and ask Jaedon to put the hand washing station back in the club. I smile because from the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, our kids from the LABB are CLUB STRONG working together, staying positive and productive even during these challenging times.
Nashville Area Unit Reopened
Our Nashville Area Unit has reopened to our members in order to assist with their virtual learning while they are out of school. Members and staff are required to wear masks throughout the day, practice social distancing, as well as constantly wash and sanitize their hands throughout the day. Each member is given support from their education specialist who ensures that every member is accessing their daily conference calls with teachers and completing any assignments given. Our staff has risen to the occasion in order to ensure that each member remains at or above grade level and continues to build upon any skills they may have lost while out of school. Along with virtual learning support, staff have also curated grade level specific folders that help supplement work given by the school and keep each member on track. It is important for our members to also experience fun while learning. The various programs offered through the Boys & Girls Clubs focus on positive and creative ways to learn. We are proud to have the chance to impact the lives of our members during these challenging times.
After the COVID-19 pandemic shut down public schools in North Carolina starting March 16, the Arc Program staff began working from home due to the Stay-At-Home order given by NC Governor Roy Cooper. Staff continued working hard to adjust to this new normal and were able to continue providing lessons and support virtually twice a week to Boys & Girls Clubs Arc Program members. Nash County Public School teachers did an outstanding job teaching club members how they could continue learning at home using virtual technology. Club members that were unable to participate still received staff support. Staff made phone calls and emails directly to the members and their parents/ guardians to help keep them engaged and provided community resources and support. We feel very fortunate we were able to continue our mission to serve Boys & Girls Club members during these challenging times. Mrs. Angela Ward, Nash County Public School Arc Program Coordinator retired at the end of the 2020 school year. We appreciate her dedication and leadership over the past three years to the Arc Program. Her strong relationships and guidance with the NCPS staff will truly be missed.