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BGC Summer Reading Program helping youngsters to excel

BGC Summer Reading Program helping youngsters to excel

Verizon Foundation and Motorola have joined long-time supporter Verizon Wireless in providing funds and other resources to help Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s kids.

Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) of Miami- Dade is a safe, fun place for kids. But it also is a place of learning. The organization puts a high priority on the academic achievements of the kids in its care.

Two of the most successful brain-boosting activities for Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami- Dade kids are the After School Education Program and the Summer Reading Program. In After School, kids receive professionally supervised homework assistance, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and more. Kids are evaluated individually to assess their strengths and provided extra help for their weaknesses.

The Summer Reading Program provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to discover classic tales, stay up with new stories and stretch their imaginations.

The programs have been clearly successful over the years. The Boys and Girls Club kids have shown dramatic improvement in language arts and math scores after participating in the club education programs, and clearly outscore their Miami-Dade Schools peers on achievement tests and graduation rates.

This year, the Verizon Foundation and Motorola have joined long-time supporter Verizon Wireless in providing funds and other resources to help Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s kids. The foundation provided a $10,000 grant for the Education Program, and Motorola teamed up with Verizon Wireless to donate numerous XYBOARD and other wireless tablets for the Summer Reading Program.

“The kids are so tech-oriented and gadgetsavvy and they love the tablets,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “We appreciate all the support from Verizon and all of our sponsors who help us in our mission to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”