Charlotte Stories: Charlotte’s Boys & Girls Club to Host Community Leaders For National Observance

National Boys & Girls Club Week is a week set aside each year to raise awareness of the impact of the Club programs across the country and encourage interaction between the Club members and the community. Next week, April 8-12, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte is joining in the celebration by hosting “community leader readers” at its area Clubs to read to the members.

“Reading is foundational to the success of our kids, and we also want to continue to have opportunities for our members to interact with local leaders,” said Marty Clary, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. “We believe our members will be inspired by meeting our guests during the week … and we think our guests will be energized as well.”

Here is the planned schedule of who will be reading at the local Clubs.

  • Monday, April 8 – Mick Mixon, radio play-by-play voice of the Carolina Panthers, at Milton Road Club (2901 Milton Road)
  • Monday, April 8 – CMPD, at the Belmont Avenue Club (901 Belmont Avenue)
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Braxton Winston, Charlotte City Council, at Dillehay Courts Club (2600 North Pine Street)
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Tim Miner and Matt Olin, from Charlotte is Creative, at the Marsh Road Club (940 Marsh Road)
  • Thursday, April 11 – Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, at the Dwight Howard Club at Starmount Academy
  • Friday, April 12 – Major Larry Broome, area commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, at the Center of Hope Club

For more than 80 years, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte (which includes the Clubs in Union County) have been serving at-risk youth in the community, creating a positive environment to help children excel in school and succeed in life. For only $5, school-aged children in Mecklenburg and Union counties can join the Boys & Girls Clubs, which provide a safe, positive, and fun place to spend time after school. The cost of membership is offset by contributions from the community. To donate to the Great Futures campaign, visit The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte’s website at www.bgccharlotte.org/greatfutures.