Nursery School Renovation
BasePoint Foundation sponsored the renovation and completed improvements to the nursery school including painting the classrooms and hallways brighter colors, providing new rugs and sleeping cots for the children and enhancing the toy and book collection to help promote a positive learning environment for the children. In addition to funding the program, BasePoint Foundation utilized its network to procure 35 volunteers to assist with the renovation over Martin Luther King weekend. Volunteers offered their time to clean, move furniture and prepare the facilities for painting but also brought bi-lingual books for the children to take home to encourage early childhood literacy.
Teen Travel Program
BasePoint Foundation in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester are offering a summer Teen Travel Camp, which is an adventure camp offered to 7-9th graders where they travel to places like the Liberty Science Center, Playland, and Mountain Creek. 40 club kids will have the ability to participate and have a wonderful summer filled with experiences that may not otherwise be unavailable to them.
Early Literacy Program
With the help of BasePoint Foundation, the Club is starting an early literacy program that enables them to have a system that organizes books based on reading level and difficulty to ensure continued progress in children’s reading abilities throughout the summer and beyond. With this, it will be easier to track a child’s reading development and assign them the appropriate level while increasing difficulty over the course of the year.
In accordance with this program, BasePoint members helped to create a sustainable reading program at the Club for Kingergarten-3rd graders. This program will recruit 15-20 volunteers to visit the Club weekly throughout the school year to read with the kids and assist with literacy, decoding and comprehension skills and accurately track progress throughout the school year. Volunteers helped track books, reading levels and complete a reading log. BasePoint volunteers assisted with organizing and identifying books based on Guided Reading Level scores and format reading logs to be used by volunteers to track daily reading of members. They were active members in the Summer Gain program, an academic program that is designed to keep kids reading at their current reading level throughout the summer and preventing a drop-off that can often accompany the conclusion of the school year.
“Working with the leadership at BasePoint is a privilege in that they share a rare level of generosity and educational sophistication. In addition to providing the funding that has literally transformed the environment for our youngest Club kids, they have given their time and expertise. Separate from improving the facilities, volunteers came in and lead confidence-building arts-and-crafts workshops blanketing our children with love and support . BasePoint is improving the lives of our children; thank you.” – Alyzza Ozer, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
About Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
Between 500 – 750 kids attend the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco daily, a safe place with committed teachers, mentors, tutors and volunteers. Over 95,000 free, nutritious meals are served to the children in after-school programs each year— over 70% of whom live at or below the poverty level. In addition, over 50,000 kids have learned to be water-safe, while learning the benefits of physical fitness and good health. For nine years running, 100% of the Club’s high school seniors, including those deemed at-risk, have graduated on time and gone on to college or technical school.