Mount Vernon Club

COVID-19 FALL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Thanks to an innovative partnership with the Mount Vernon School District, we are able to offer a more affordable full-day childcare program that is sustainable and can meet the needs of most families. The program will run from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Because of the significant support from Mount Vernon School District to make this available, and state statutes regarding the public funds, only students enrolled in the Mount Vernon School District may register.

Final decisions on the site locations will be dependent on enrollment and need. Currently, the Club is prepared to offer programs at LaVenture Middle School, Mount Baker/Little Mountain Campus, and Centennial Elementary. The cost to families is $600/mo per child for families not eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals, and $300/mo per child for families eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals. For Club members previously enrolled in the AIM Program at the Mount Vernon Clubhouse, additional financial subsidies are available.

Anticipating there are families not in need of full-day programs, but interested in some regular supports and interaction for their children, we are launching Club Connection. The program will operate from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Club members can enroll in one of four options: 1. Monday through Friday, with the intention to attend nearly every day; 2. Monday/Wednesday, attending twice weekly; 3. Tuesday/Thursday, attending twice weekly; 4. Friday Only.

Club Connection will include an afternoon snack, learning supports and tutoring, social-emotional learning activities, enrichment programs, and of course, fun. Club members will be placed into a cohort and remain with that cohort for the entirety of the program, for health and safety reasons.

Participants in either program are required to wear masks unless there is a documented medical exception.

While our program model currently limits the free-choice developmental activities Boys & Girls Clubs are known and loved for, our staff has worked hard to recreate the fun Club experience our members and families have come to expect. 

A daily health screening will occur, and entrance will be subject to fulfilling that screening and a temperature check on arrival. For families who may have children they are comfortable walking to the Club on their own, we are working on an app-based system for parents to complete the health screening in advance for admission to the program each day.  

TEEN HOURS: Our current focus remains on providing younger members with enhanced services to assist working families. However, there are plans to operate bi-weekly Teen Nights beginning as early as October 2nd, from 6:00-10:00 pm. Teen members are those attending middle school or high school. 

WHO CAN ATTEND THE CLUB? Any youth ages 6 (or completed Kindergarten) to 18. Buses are available from select schools during normal operations. No transportation is currently available.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION: Beginning with the 2020-21 School year, all membership registration and interaction regarding the payment of dues and fees will be conducted through the new MyClubHub system, which launched on August 17, 2020.  

CLUB HOURS (Programs to begin Tuesday, September 8th):

Full-Day Program: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Club Connection: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

TEEN HOURS: Our current focus remains on providing younger members with enhanced services to assist working families. However, there are plans to operate bi-weekly Teen Nights beginning as early as September 18th, from 6:00-10:00 pm. Teen members are those attending middle school or high school. 

Club Director: Angela Freeberg 
Program Director: Erik Pineda

Location: 1100 North LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 947, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Contact: (360) 419-3723 x31

Youth of the Month November 2018

 

Boy of the Month Christian O, age 6

Christian is a Kindergartener at Little Mountain elementary. He is one of our new members this year at the start of the school year. Christian is a bright kid and when he smiles it brings a smile to others. Christian is our boy of the month for his willingness to engage and encourage others in the program

Girl of the Month Julia R, age 9

Julia is in 4th grade and attends Jefferson Elementary. Julia has a great bubbly attitude and likes to check in with staff. You can usually find Julia in the art room. She also enjoys Positive Action which teaches kids that their emotions are affected by what they choose to do and Power hour where she gets her homework.

Power hour All-Star  George W, age 8

George is in 3rd grade and attends Lincoln Elementary. He has been a Club Member the summer before his 1st-grade year. George makes sure to come to Power Hour each day, working on homework or reading.

Artist of the Month Chloe C, age 8

Chloe attends Jefferson Elementary and is currently a 3rd grader. She has been a Club member since spring of 2018. Chloe attends art every day that it is open, Chloe likes to make customized artwork for friends, family, and staff.

Triple Play MVP Adrian N, age 7

Adrian attends Jefferson Elementary and is currently in 2nd grade. He has started attending the Club just this year. Adrian can usually be found participating in Triple Play which is our physical game program. He can be seen actively helping others join in a program and helps promote games when we are preparing to head outside.

Youth of the Month – October

Boy of the Month Landon A 

Landon is a Kindergartener that attends Centennial Elementary. He started coming to the Club this year and has been a really great role model for other members. 

Girl of the Month Laykin B

Laykin is attending Washington Elementary school and is currently a 2nd grader. Laykin participates in a wide range of programs at the Club and has even gotten some members who tend not to join a program to participate with her. She does everything with a smile.

Power hour All-Star Isaias B 

Isaias is currently in 3rd Grade and is attending Madison Elementary @Harriet Rowley. This is his second year at the Club. When you walk into the learning center you can usually find Isaias there getting work done. After he’s finished he likes to hang out with his friends in the game rooms.

Triple Play MVP Elijah M

Elijah is currently a fifth grader and attends Madison Elementary @Harriet Rowley. He has been attending the Club for 5 years starting the summer he turned 6. Elijah is a great role model for the younger members as he comes prepared to go to Football after he is done at the Club.

Artist of the Month Alina A

Alina is currently in second grade and attends Lincoln Elementary. Alina has been attending the Club for 2 years. you can see Alina in the art room creating some amazing artwork with a smile on her face.

Launch Camp

“Why don’t we go to the moon anymore?” This question was asked by Gavin, a green-haired incoming 6th grader entering LaVenture Middle School. Gavin along with twenty other middle school students recently participated in Launch Camp, a NASA-inspired space program run by Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. The youth came from all across Skagit County, from La Conner to Concrete, all united by a desire to better understand space.

Although the youth were disappointed that NASA no longer sends astronauts to the moon, they were excited by the possibility of establishing a Mars colony at some point in their future. During the four day camp, they learned how to program robotics, designed 3D printing models, learned about many of the principles of flights, and culminated the camp by launching water rockets. The activities enabled them to imagine becoming NASA scientists or even Mars colonists. At the end of the camp, all of the youth expressed a desire to continue learning about science and technology. 

Many of the robotics and rocketry activities at Launch Camp came from the Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline (NESSP), a NASA-funded educational outreach program. “The kids loved the idea that NASA was investing in them,” said Nathan Allen, co-leader of Launch Camp, “We worked to make it clear that NASA invests in the future of science – that used to be moon landings but now it’s our youth.” During the school year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County will continue to use the NESSP’s curriculum resources to empower youth. In addition to robotics and rocketry, youth will learn about environmental science and contribute data to NASA scientists through the NASA Globe program. 

Throughout the week, the youth at Launch Camp asked many excellent questions about space and the universe. But, on the last day, most of the participants asked the questions “can Launch Camp last longer?” and “will there be Launch Camp next year?” Youth in the Clubs will be empowered by Launch Camp and the lessons they learned for the rest of the school year.

Un Profesor De Mathematics

LaVenture Club member Wilfredo is becoming quite the math whiz!

Many people see “math” as a four letter word. In middle school, math begins to change for students and many students find the transition challenging. Instead of using operations that most calculators can do, students begin learning about more abstract concepts like negative numbers, functions, and proportional relationships. But, for one 6th grade student at La Venture Middle School, math is a challenge to be surmounted.

Wilfrido wants to become “un profesor de mathematics” — a mathematics professor. Wilfrido came to LaVenture part way through the year and has been focused on one goal, to complete as much of the online math program Khan Academy as possible. Amazingly, Wilfredo has finished working through all of the math concepts for 6th grade, most of the concepts for 7th grade, and has begun working on 8th-grade mathematics without an advantage given to most of his peers. Wilfrido only speaks Spanish.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County run an after-school program at LaVenture Middle School called Flying Falcons. During Flying Falcons, all members complete at least an hour of homework with staff assistance, a program known as Power Hour. Wilfrido completes as much math as possible during this time and will even choose to do math when more traditionally enjoyable activities are available.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Nathan Allen, Director of STEM Initiatives for Boys & Girls Clubs. “As a former middle school math teacher, I’ve seen students make huge gains during a year. But, I’ve never seen someone work persistently through two grade levels of math, let alone an English Language Learner. He’s extraordinary.” Because of Nathan’s history as a math teacher, Wilfrido will often come to him with math questions, often needing to teach Nathan Spanish in the process.

Some students will volunteer to help Wilfrido or translate for him, only to find that he understands the math more completely than them. Like his peers, he enjoys playing games on the computer and joking around with his friends. But, given the choice, he logs onto Khan Academy with a mischievous smile and searches for a new math concept to master.