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It's certainly not every day that you get to meet a sea turtle up close, let alone release one into the wild. Thanks to Disney's Animals Science and Environment Team, some members of our Sebastian Club got to do just that. They learned about sea turtles and their habitats from Disney team members, and later released two rehabilitated sea turtles, Anna and Elsa, into the ocean with the Disney VoluntEARS. You can track the turtles through the website www.tourdeturtles.org. Thanks again, Disney!
The Florida Tech Panthers have adopted the Fellsmere Club as their community partner this year. They hosted a fantastic football clinic with our children this summer and will be returning to the Clubs in the fall for homework help and ongoing mentoring. Our children were thrilled to be guests of honor at their recent football game against Ave Maria, even being invited on field to high-five the players and offer words of encouragement before the game began. Thank you, Florida Tech!
Our Clubs are deeply engaged in our Summer Brain Gain: Read program, aimed at preventing the summer slide and encouraging a lifelong love of learning. All children enrolled in our summer program are reading one book per week as a group and completing complementary activities alongside it. During certain times of the day, all children are encouraged to "drop everything and read." When our kids go back to school in August, they will be right on track! Read more about this program here.
We were honored to accompany Toccara Williams-Byrd, our Vero Beach Club director, to the Junior League of Indian River's Woman of the Year event. Toccara was nominated for the award by one of our Club parents because of the profound difference that she makes in the lives of our youth. We are so proud of you, Toccara. Congratulations on this great honor, and thank you for all that you do each day for the kids and for our community.
We are proud and humbled to have been named Indian River County's Organization of the Year by 211 of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and the kids, thank you so much for this great honor!
Our 2014 Angels Help our Kids Take Flight Fundraising Dinner was a great success, all thanks to our sponsors and attendees. All proceeds from the event will make it possible for hundreds of children in our community to attend our summer program. An extra special thanks goes to our presenting sponsor, Mercedes Benz Porsche Audi of Melbourne, for their continued support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. We greatly appreciate it!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County was awarded top honors by the United Way at their annual Community Leaders Breakfast. The Clubs were presented with the 2013 Agency Excellence Award for our "outstanding partnership, ability to measure and report results of our work, and because of the overall impact our agency has made on our community.
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