CENTER — Haskin Elementary first grader Fausto Ramirez has been named student of the month by Boys and Girls Club director Lawrence Trujillo.
“We have some great kids, here,” Trujillo said. “They are learning how to become leaders.” Children are taught to learn the difference between good and bad behavior at the club, Trujillo noted, thanks to the help of student leaders and the club staff.
“We are trying to help the community grow,” Trujillo added. He commented that he has seen Fausto gain in maturity recently and hopes that by rewarding children who are doing the right thing this will help other members to “follow his lead.”
Fausto says he became student of the month “By doing the right thing and listening to what the teachers say.” He gave as an example of what is the “right thing” crossing the road to the Boys and Girls Club only when the crossing guards are standing in the middle of the road.
“We can do fun stuff here,” Fausto observed. “My favorite is when we play red light, green light.”
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.
About 25 Center students are served each day by the club.
The 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.
The 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.