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Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV Receives $12,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Family Literacy
This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV a $12,000.00 grant to support family literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant is essential in preparing youth for academic and life success. We are grateful to The Dollar General Literacy Foundation for the opportunity to create an environment that will encourage and allow our youth and their families to enjoy and develop an affinity for reading,” said Sabrina Walker Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV.
This grant will allow the Club to implement the Family Literacy Immersion Program Packs (FLIP Packs) which will provide access to age appropriate books for low-income children at the Sam Risica Unit located in the La Posada Housing Authority. In addition, as part of the program, the Sam Risica Unit will host monthly Family Literacy Nights for families. This grant will also allow for the Club to support the ESL classes currently being offered to parents at the housing authority.
“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
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National Robotics Week 2017
Hundreds of Club members and parents got an up close and personal look at how robotics is changing the world. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV, it was a 3D printer hands on demonstration to kick off National Robotics Week.
Daily at Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV, Club members have the opportunity to work with robots, from programming to coding, there is a little bit of everything for them to experience.
"Robotics is one of the most fast-paced and exciting fields that exists today," said Sabrina Walker Hernandez, CEO. "We must inspire Club members of all ages to pursue STEM careers and celebrate the exciting world of robotics and educate our families on how robots can positively impact society."
National Robotics Week was established by Congress and iRobot in 2010 to raise awareness about the importance of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and the role these subjects play in shaping the future of education, industry and the U.S. economy. Last year, there were more than 300 registered events nationwide.
National Robotics Week 2017
Turning Summer Slide into Summer Stride
[Edinburg, Texas] – [June 28, 2017] What happens when learning takes a vacation during summer break? Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities hold our nation’s youth back – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading, and in life experiences like college and career exposure. In fact, the math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower - and higher - income students.
That’s why Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV as joined forces with the National Summer Learning Association in their efforts on National Summer Learning Day. Held on July 13 this is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, safe and healthy during the summer.
While the “summer slide” is well documented as having significant consequences on the country’s most vulnerable students, the benefits of engaging children in summer learning opportunities are well documented too. Recently, the RAND Corporation published new findings from a Wallace Foundation study, the largest-ever study of summer learning, which showed that students with high attendance in free, five to six-week, voluntary summer learning programs experienced educationally meaningful benefits in math and reading. This evidence, among other findings, will anchor national advocacy efforts to protect critical federal funding streams for summer and afterschool programs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV use the summer months to expand learning time through their Summer Learning Initiative. To achieve the goals of the Initiative the Club collaborates and partners with AmeriCorps members to implement Brain Gain a daily fun interactive academic intervention program; Sylvan Learning Center to provide math, engineering and reading camps through Texas Aim; Texas A&M for Zero Robotics Science Technology Engineering and Math programming; Texas Parks & Wildlife for outdoor education and Texas Department of Agriculture & the Food Bank of the RGV to provide meals. This collaboration is wrapped around the Boys & Girls Club’s Project Learn Model which is designed to provide a framework for academic success. Through this model members have the opportunity to participate in educational field trips, cultural learning, literacy, guest speakers and service projects.
On, National Summer Learning Day, July 13, Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV invite you to a Behind the Scenes Tour of their Legacy Center located at 702 Cullen Street, Edinburg, Texas 78541 from 10am – 11am.
Celebrating National Summer Learning Day on July 13
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