Volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva is one of the many ways HWS students work to give back to the Geneva community. For two hours a day, every Monday through Friday afternoon, HWS students travel to the Boys and Girls Club at Goodman Street, where Bob Ritter ’78 is the program director.
The HWS students work with children in grades 1-5, helping them with their homework, providing assistance with reading skills and, during recreational time, playing basketball, pool, or a board game.
Kelsey Lee ’12, a student coordinator at Goodman Street, says that her experience as a volunteer has been extremely rewarding.
“The Boys and Girls Club tends to be an incredibly vibrant place – it takes a lot of energy to keep up with the kids, but it’s so totally fulfilling. Kids are really responsive to volunteers and they love to share the whole Boys and Girls Club experience.”
The Boys and Girls Club is a safe place for Geneva’s children to develop interactive capabilities without pressure. They interact with children from other school districts in the area, and the program incorporates many who live in families of different economic backgrounds.
In the photo above, Tess Sulivan’14 works with children at the Boys and Girls Club.