KFP: Boys & Girls Club joins national celebration

Celebrating with Mayor B.J. Murphy, center, the signing of the proclamation for Boys & Girls Club Week, from left, are Jacob Howell, B&G Club junior staffer; Destinee Nettles-Artis; Camari Williams; Tamia Hill-Bryant; and Brianna Williams.

This week is National Boys & Girls Club Week across America, and the Lenoir County Boys & Girls Club is joining more than 4,000 clubs to celebrate. Mayor B.J. Murphy proclaimed the week Boys & Girls Club Week in Kinston, and gave some members a tour of the City Council meeting room. He answered questions about local government and explained why their participation in the community is so vital.

The Lenoir County club has been participating in special events all week, including Academic Success Day, Bingo, a Town Hall meeting, a game of Tag — You’re It (in conjunction with other clubs across America), and the Bojangles’ Boys & Girls Club Charity Golf Classic at Cutter Creek wrapping up the week. The tournament’s proceeds will go directly to the club.

Boys & Girls Club of Lenoir County serves more than 65 children per day, with about 225 members a year. They participate in the Power Hour program, which assists with homework and school projects; SMART Moves, which teaches about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, offering coping skills for handling peer pressure and other stresses of adolescence; and Triple Play, which empowers them to set life-enhancing goals, make informed choices and smart economic decisions.

The club strives to offer programs which give children the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities through year-round programming, and minimizes financial obligations so no child is excluded from joining.

For more information, visit bgclenoir.com or call 252-686-0961.