School’s out and it’s the busiest time of the year at Cedar Mountain Boys and Girls Club. The summer program enrollment reached 145 children within four hours of the club doors opening, with 40 children remaining on a waiting list.
T-Ball, baseball and softball are being played at the CMBGC, with 280 participants taking to the fields and the parking lot crawling with cars.
North Garland County’s youngest citizens are preserving America’s pasttime, unaware some things never change.
Daily census averages between 90-100 children and to maintain scholastic routine has enlisted the help of science teacher Nancy Hendrix and a Ouachita Baptist University art student/teacher, Katie Stanage.
What would summer be without field trips to explore places of interest? In June CMBGC members traveled to Coleman Crystal Mines, the Mid-America Museum, the Alligator Farm and Hot Springs Aquarium. The children are spending time with area woodworkers, the Baitcasters Club and attending the Garland County Library learning about and watching its 3D printer.
Children are working in the CMBGC garden, growing vegetables to help feed their fellow members and hopefully sell to the public. A chicken coop promises to eventually produce enough fresh eggs to share. Both activities teach responsibility and accountability. Lessons learned through horticulture and animal husbandry last a lifetime.
CMBGC is also preparing for its annual “Breakfast of Champions, Pancake Breakfast” on Saturday, at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. “We open the doors at 8 a.m. and continue serving until 10 a.m.,” said Sarah Goodson, resource development coordinator. “Tickets cost $5 in advance and $6 at the door. We realize our event is on the same day as Village Pride Day and we’re hopeful those volunteers will partner with us by dropping in for breakfast before or after performing their ‘Pride’ duties.
“The pancake breakfast is all about the children. They’ll be serving our patrons and helping wherever needed.
“Don’t leave your plate unattended, the children will swoop down and drop it in the trash. Each of them take their job assignments seriously,” said Goodson.
“At CMBGC we’re encouraging the public to drop in anytime, especially during the summer. We want the community to see the difference their donations of talent, time and money are making in the lives of area children. We’re always busy with something and in need of mentors and teachers and artisans. The children are so grateful for people who care. Please tell Villagers to come see us and watch us grow.”
For more information on the Cedar Mountain Boys and Girls Club, or if you would be interested in purchasing a ticket to the upcoming pancake breakfast, call 984-6996.