Summer is a time for fun, a break from the routine of school and homework. But members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County are using that time to learn lessons in responsibility in the middle of that fun.
During the summer, one of our members shows up daily around 7:00 a.m. and remains at Club until closing each night around 6:00 p.m. For Jase, the Club is a home away from home during the summer.
The second grader is a leader for our young members. He helps the team get members ready, picks up the room and assists with special cleaning projects. You can regularly find Jase staying behind in the lunch room to help sweep, mop and wipe down tables.
He says he does these things because it provides a sense of belonging and connection, but the staff is also able to incentivize this positive behavior.
This summer Jase was able to earn Club Bucks for helping. During the last week of summer he purchased a skateboard from the Club Bucks store with the money he had been earning throughout the summer.
It’s a nice reward for the hard work put in as he sets an example for others.
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