The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County staff at three locations provided diverse programs to showcase the talents of members and staff for Christmas.
Members at the Joseph F. Walters Club in Gainesville performed holiday songs and dances for their families. Children prepared for the program for two months by practicing skits, reciting poems and learning songs and dances. Target donated two bicycles to be distributed.
The Positive Place Club in Gainesville held an assembly in the gym with club members and staff providing entertainment for more than 200 club members and their families. Club member Madison Desir showcased her vocal talents to kick off the event, and Youth Development Professionals re-enacted a high energy rendition of the song “Joyful, Joyful.”
The Dominant Breed Bike Club presented bicycles to 15 club members, and dinner from the Food Factory sponsored by WellCare was served. Local Kohl’s associates assisted with the program. Children also received Christmas gifts from the club.
Members of the Teen Center in Gainesville built their own machines to race and battle in the robotics program facilitated by Engineering for Kids. This program is part of the Club’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programming.
Local professionals Brian Hollis of Hollis Transportation, Boys & Girls Clubs board member Semuel Maysonet and businessman Jordan Moore served as judges for the club’s version of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.” Teens worked within the Junior Achievement Program to develop business proposals to present to the judges, with one proposal being crowned the winner for the most comprehensive and potentially successful plan.
The club works each year to provide a safe, positive Christmas celebration for children and teens.