Special to Official Kids Mag
Julianna, an 11 year old, 5th grade student of Branson Elementary has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks since she was seven years old. She attends the Club as a ‘tween’ member where she participates in fun activities and programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership development every day afterschool and during the Summer months.
Julianna is a role model to younger members. Every day at the club, Julianna requests to serve, helping Club Staff with educational projects and fun activities. Julianna specifically loves serving in the Science Room with Club Staff, Ms. Jenna Ely.
“Julianna is an exceptional young lady. She is always a tremendous help when our younger kids, the cadets and preps, are in my Science classroom.” said Jenna Ely. “She is kind and patient and I can tell she truly enjoys teaching and helping others. She has a servant heart and I am always thrilled to have her visit and participate in our projects.”
In preparation for Spring, Julianna helped younger members plant wildflower seeds and showed them how to make origami butterflies. Members will be able to take their projects home once the flowers start to grow.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks (BGCO) is a non-profit, full-time, youth development organization offering club membership to all children ages 6-18 for afterschool and summer care. BGCO is dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging, positive self-esteem, and accomplishment in every child. The mission of the Club is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible, and productive citizens. Club Membership dues are just $30 per year. No child is ever turned away for financial reasons. BGCO partners with area schools and serves children in units located in Branson, Forsyth, and Reeds Spring. BGCO is currently celebrating 25 years of service to the community since 1994. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, please visit: www.bgcozarks.org.