This week Rhonda Schock and James Isbrandt of the Village Choppers Drum Line stopped by the Teen Center. The Village Chopper's Drum Line not only teaches instruments and music, but they also do performances. Some of the things that are taught through the organization are drums, flags, rifles, and horns. During their presentation students and staff were able to get a small taste and participate in some of the drumming. "Music is a very powerful tool," says James. Both also discussed careers and great futures in music.
Hey there all you techies! The teens finished their first Game Design program this week!!! They learned the different segments of what is included in creating a game as well as creating their own! The program consisted of a 14-lesson program and worked with the popular game engine known as Unity. The Teens made and followed a tutorial series that ultimately created a wave base survival game. Members learned the basics of C#, an object-oriented language, and modifying scripts. They also worked with Mono Develop software which is a programming compiler.
TRACK & FIELD 2018
The BGCDT held their 6th annual Gatorade Track And Field event. It was a successful day that was sponsored by Pepsico. Pepsico also provided us with volunteers and even some yummy snacks like Gatorade and granola bars!
To thank Middleby for all they have done for us, the BGCDT presented them with a framed photo. The photo featured some of our members that expressed their thanks Middleby's partnership. The framed photo was presented during Middleby's annual shareholder meeting.
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It was a successful night for the Meadwdale site. Meadowdale held their graduation ceremony for their 5th grade club members. The ceremony consisted of recognitions as well as performances. The opening act was the Swag Eagles Stomp Crew.
The Jr. Color Guard performed to "I’m Still Standing" and the upper class Color Guard performed to "How Far I will Go" and "I Was Here." The Top Dancers performed to "Swish Swish and Mi Gente."
The Elite Dance Team performed to "Animals" & "Rock-Roll."
Let's face it; we have all felt stress in our daily lives. But what is stress and how do we manage it? That's what the members at the Teen Center learned on Monday. Shira Greenfield of Centegra Hospital came and spoke to our teens about stress.
A HUGE thank you to Comcast for their $1,000 donation given to the BGCDT this past Friday!!! Bryan Mark, Vice President of Operations for the greater Chicago region of Comcast toured our Teen Center and Meadowdale site. After his tour he presented a donation of $1,000 on behalf of Comcast.
Our board member Mark and CEO Wendy accepted the check on Clubs behalf. Comcast has donated to the BGCDT in the past and we are incredibly grateful for their continuous support. Companies like Comcast are the reason we are able to continue to do what we do best.
Recently Mark Seigle who is the President of Seigle’s Cabinet Center stopped by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township Teen Center to talk about his family business. He also offered some advice to our teens that about the workforce. Mark talked about how his family business started way back in 1881, and how it is now one of the largest building material dealer.
He also gave some advice in the form of the Four Rs of business:
Our Golfview coordinator Becky took some of our Golfview members to Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg. This trip was an excellent way to show our kids how we can help others in need. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that packs food and ships it around the world to schools, orphanages, and whoever else might be in need of food. Our members were able to participate and packed food for two hours. Members packaged food packages which consisted of Rice, Soy, Vegetables, and chicken. This was a really great way for our kids to help others.
Mmm who doesn't like Guacamole made from scratch?! Or how about freshly made salsa? Now throw in some tacos and you have yourself the perfect meal to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! That is just what took place at the Teen Center. We incorporated fresh cooking for Cinco De Mayo into our healthy habits program. We would like to thank Vince for preparing the tacos and another special thanks to our very own Claritza who made fresh salsa. Our members, Jaquan, Jala, and Destiny made the guacamole and boy did it taste great!