Coming Together for our Kids

A Response from Jim Clark, President & CEO, BGCA


Like many parents, I saw a sense of anxiety in my two sons when we sat down to dinner last night. And like most parents, I felt my own anxiety this morning as I imagined them walking into a school that may be just another local school today, but could be surrounded by international media tomorrow. It’s morbid to let those thoughts enter your mind, but as we enter 2018 with school shootings already in the double digits, well…your mind goes there.

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I write these thoughts first as a father, but also as the head of an organization whose mission is to guide, grow and protect kids on their paths to adulthood. I can’t stand back as an observer to offer only my own concern and condolences to victims and their families.

This horrific act of violence in Broward County, Florida—and the resulting news cycle of shock, mourning, anger, numbness and then, in a sickening way, normalcy—this all has to stop.

Boys & Girls Clubs, along with our peer organizations that serve millions of America’s youth, have long played a prominent role in developing our kids into productive adults. Our services can go a long way to prevent an at-risk kid from going down a path that could lead to such an unspeakable act as what occurred yesterday.

Today, in our thousands of Clubs nationwide, we are reemphasizing our strict safety measures, including a six-step safety plan, as well as providing counsel to kids, who are understandably confused and scared. But we don’t pretend we can do it alone. Protection and prevention can only happen when a community comes together with a unified voice.

As a next step, I will be reaching out to my peers at other youth-serving organizations to convene a meeting to immediately begin addressing not just a collective opinion on the issues leading to violence, but specific actions we can take together to propose, influence and implement programs and policies to ensure that the kids we care for—and our own kids—can live without fear and in safety. And just be kids.

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Jim Clark, President & CEO,

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Hiring

BGCWC is looking for a van driver to transport students after school.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a valid drivers license.
  • Applicants must have a clean driving record.
  • Hours: 2:30 to 6pm | Monday-Friday.

Employment Applications are not public. Please stop by the Club or contact the Club and we will get you an application.

Closings & Delays

The Information below is the clubs procesders for school closings and delays.

  • If Warren Local and/or Marietta City Schools calls a two hour delay – we are open. We will open at 7am and transport the kids or get them on the bus two hours later.
  • If Marietta Closes and Warren Is Open – BGCWC will be open for all day care (7am to 6pm) as long as there are at least 12 kids here during the day. If no more than 12 kids come for all day care, you will be called to come get your child by 8:30am.
  • If Warren Closes and Marietta Is Open – BGCWC will NOT be open for all day care because we don’t have enough Warren kids to meet the 12 kid minimum allowed to keep the club open. 
  • If Wood County Closes – we will only be open all day if Marietta is closed. If Marietta is open and Wood County is closed, unfortunately we will not be open for all day care. We do not have enough Williamstown kids to meet our 12 kid minimum required to keep the club open for the day.
  • If we provide all day care for a closed school and your school is still open, we will still transport and be open for that school from 2:30 to 6pm as normal.
  • If in the event of a Two Hour Early Dismissal – Please check our website and/or Facebook to find updates.

 

If the Washington County Sheriff's Office calls a Level:

  1. BGCWC is OPEN and will operate as normal or as listed above if a school is delayed or closed.
  2. BGCWC is OPEN and will operate as normal or as listed above if a school is delayed or closed.
  3. BGCWC is CLOSED and will not operate. If we have to close for any reason, it will appear here on our website, our Facebook page, and on WTAP.

Thank you!