Boys & Girls Club to open doors
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City want to fill three buses with children from the Lansing and Leavenworth areas next week to show off their programs.
Carlton Philpot, a retired Navy commander who was instrumental in raising funds for the Buffalo Soldiers monument at Fort Leavenworth, said the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have outreach programs that cater to military dependents and that the Nov. 5 program was an extension of that effort.
"One of the ideas is that you let young people meet other kids whose parents are deployed overseas or away," said Philpot, who now teaches business at the University of Saint Mary. "The Boys & Girls Club wants to present an avenue to let them do that."
With hundreds of children of service members living in Lansing and Leavenworth, Philpot said the idea for "Experience a Day at the Club" was a natural. But the day won't be open to just children of service members; it will be open to any child from Lansing or Leavenworth.
Children attending "Experience a Day at the Club" will be bused at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, from the parking lot of Kmart, 4820 S. Fourth St. in Leavenworth, to the Boys & Girls Club Thornberry Unit at 3831 E. 43rd St. in Kansas City, Mo. Youngsters will be bused back and return at 4 p.m. Saturday.
In Kansas City, the youngsters will participate in sports and games, learn Internet safety, work on arts and crafts and attend leadership programs. They'll also be treated to lunch, Philpot said.
Chaperones will be along with the youngsters every step of the way.
Advance registration is required to attend the day. Registration forms have been given to all area schools and are also available at The Current offices, 204 N. Main St.
The forms must be returned to the child's school by Oct. 31.
Parents with questions about "Experience a Day at the Club" can contact Donald Lee at (866) 361-2606. The call is toll free.