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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties partners with David Weekley Homes to host Education Day

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BGCSDC was abuzz with excitement the last Saturday of April as nearly 75 elementary-aged Club members came together for Education Day; a day of learning, team building, and camaraderie through academic challenges.

Each of the organization’s six Club locations, plus one School Site (Gocio Elementary), was represented by an 11-person team to compete in various educational competitions including Lego® engineering, speed-typing, naming states, public speaking, strategic games, and drawing contests.

To build momentum, Club staff had been working closely with members for weeks leading up to the event to practice their skills, administer drills, and foster a strong sense of teamwork and good sportsmanship.  

Competition was fierce with many Club members eager to demonstrate their skills in pursuit of the coveted first-place team title. After several rounds, it was time to break for lunch as the judges tallied the final scores.

Following outstanding performances from all of the teams, the Venice-based Robert and Joan Lee Club claimed the top spot, with the Gene Matthews Club representing North Port and Gocio Elementary closely trailing behind in second and third place, respectively.

Ten-year-old Club member Gentry H. from the Gene Matthews Club team enthusiastically shared how much he had really enjoyed the day saying, “It was fun to compete and meet kids from other Clubs. I also liked seeing a different Club from the one I go to. It was a super fun day and I can’t wait to do it again!”

A heartfelt thank you to David Weekley Homes, who provided volunteers and funding support through the David Weekley Homes CARE program — a community outreach initiative that encourages Team Members, Homebuyers, and partners to volunteer with local non-profit organizations, and make a positive impact in the communities they serve.

Club members with volunteers from David Weekley Homes

Congratulations to all of the Club members who participated as well as the programming and operations staff whose dedication and hard work made Education Day such a huge success.   

Roscelyn Guenther, Director of Program Services who was instrumental in planning the event said, The 2024 Education Day provided an opportunity for members to exhibit their abilities across a range of academic and enrichment areas, all while proudly representing their Club, and learning the importance of teamwork.”

BGCSDC looks forward to continuing to seek fresh and innovative approaches like Education Day to engage youth and empower them to reach their full potential.  

Are you or your business interested in supporting an initiative like Education Day for our Club members? Learn how to become a corporate sponsor by contacting Valerie Quigley, Community Engagement Manager, at .

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