Boys & Girls Club Summer Blast Program gets underway


Gardner News

This week at the Boys & Girls Club Summer Blast Program, we are having a great time. We are doing many activities including science projects such as the volcano experiment, strategy board games, hands-on activities, and funny games like German Baseball.

During this time you can have fun, but it is also good to educate yourself sometimes. That’s why we did volcano experiments. In this project you and your team build a volcano with paper and plastic bottles. After that a staff member pours red vinegar and baking soda into the volcano to make a slight explosion. The students here had an amazing and educational time during this experiment.

Playing board games is fun, but have you ever made your own? Here, as part of our Summer Brain

activities, each team made and created a board game. There was a team of kids who won first place. It was a bit tough, including the fact that we could only use some materials and everyone has to agree with a plan. During this project lots of students learned teamwork skills. This activity was fun and educational.

Another activity that is still going on is the Mars Project, part of our Space Exploration Program. A group of two makes a poster of what you think the environment on Mars looks like. During this activity I learned that Mars was cold instead of hot. Other students here were cooperating and participating, which made the activity even more enjoyable.

Playing the same sport over and over again isn’t as fun, so we learn new ones such as German Baseball. In this game your team has to hit a ball off a cone, then run to the other side of the gym. The other team is lined up, and if they hit you, you are out. We all liked learning and playing this game.

The after-school program starts on Sept. 3 and located beginning this fall at Gardner Middle School. The fee is $30 per month, dismissal to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. For registration information, call Mio at 978-534-8358, ext. 10 or visit www.bgcflg.org.