CENTER— This spring Center Boys and Girls Club director Lawrence Trujillo began a club program to honor members each month who show leadership skills or just go out of their way to help out others at the club.
October’s member of the month is Jose Cendejas. Jose is a second grader at Haskin Elementary.
Club Assistant Director Ofelia Gonzalez said of Jose: “He is a very good helper and engages in all our activities. He really is a joy to have around and gets along with all the other members.”
Jose says the activities offered at the club “keep us healthy” and he enjoys participating with the other boys and girls. He especially likes playing hide and seek in the dark. He also enjoys snack time, the activity for the day playing Sparkle and playing different games each day.
He also enjoyed participating in the club’s bicycle club activities. The bike club helped members learn safe practices while riding their bikes and conducted bike rodeos to promote safety practices.
Jose has attended the club since last year and says he also appreciates all the help he receives with homework.
The Boys and Girls Club in Center offers those attending Center Schools just across the street a place to “hang out” and engage in after-school activities until parents or guardians return home from work.
The Center club opened last year. Local Masons donated the building for the club, the old Masonic hall located just across the street from Center Schools. The national Boys and Girls Club was founded in 1906 and currently operates 4,000 chartered clubs serving four million children. The Alamosa Boys and Girls Club has over 90 members.
Boys and Girls Clubs offer a safe, positive, fun environment with educational things for kids to do, club literature states. A well-trained staff supervises homework help and extracurricular activities.
Studies show members who come to the clubs two or more days a week are more likely to graduate from high school, and children who attend are less likely to become involved in petty crimes.