A check presentation ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 to honor the $10,000 grant award given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manhattan from JCPenney After-school to implement an educational enhancement program called Project Learn. The event took place at 4:30 pm at the entrance of JCPenney inside the Manhattan Town Center.
Boys & Girls Club members and staff came from the 4th street site to put on a demonstration of "high-yield" learning activities, one of the key components of Project Learn. Members ages 6-8 participated in an activity called "Size, Shape and Color" where they had to get into groups and quickly work together to create a figure out of several different shapes. Members ages 9 and up got creative with synonyms as they played the "Sharper Images Word Game". After the demonstration all the kids gathered around guest speaker Alan Ladd, County Extension Director, as he read "Oh The Places You’ll Go" By Dr. Seuss.
To end the event, JCPenney Afterschool Coach, J.J. McCowan and Store
Manager, Mr. Pusker presented an oversized check for the amount of $10,000
to Barb Allen, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director and Jim Horne,
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manhattan has been serving youth ages
6 - 18 in the community since 1994. In 2001, they served 1080 youth at
six locations. They provide after school activities, summer activities,
and activities on the weekend for teens. For more information, call the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manhattan at 539-1947.