Sounds of small children singing songs of praise float from the front of the BGCCM Canton Unit to the main room where middle-school aged kids are having a discussion. The sweet melody moves through the building, but is drowned out by a skit the teens are working on in their group. Visitors from Greater Bethlehem Temple Church in Jackson share The Word and teach life lessons to the kids at the Canton Unit through games, skits and activities. “We’re looking for holistic development as well as dealing with the issues they face every day in their community and at school and at home – to help them become successful in life,” says Maggie Stevenson, director of Global Missions at Greater Bethlehem Temple. “We’re excited about the children and the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them… and also to let them know that somebody else cares besides the ones that they see everyday coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs – to let them know that someone in Jackson is thinking about them.”
Children, families, educators, community leaders, policy makers, celebrities and others across the country are making plans to gather in schools, community centers, parks, malls, state capitols and elsewhere on October 21 for the 11th annual Lights on Afterschool. The only nationwide rally for after school programs is organized by the Afterschool Alliance. It is expected to include some 7,500 events across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide this year.
The Canton Unit BGCCM will be sponsoring an Open House for Lights on Afterschool 2010. Members are creating artistic light bulbs in honor of this day. These light bulbs will be sent to Canton Mississippi’s city hall to be displayed for the community to see. The Mayor of this wonderful city will be asked to issue a proclamation for the Canton Unit Boys & Girls Club. The day will end with refreshments and beverages.
On Friday September 24, 2010 youth all around the country celebrated Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play. This day encourages youth to be physically active through the engagement of sports and other recreational activities.
Members of the Canton Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a day of competitive games that were based on the popular game show “Minute 2 Win It”. Members competed individually and as teams in various activities that required plenty of exercise and rapid movement.
On Saturday July 24th 2010 members of the Canton unit Boys & Girls club and local youth in the community assembled at the Canton unit to compete in a Quick ball tournament. The day was filled with plenty of exercise, food, and excitement.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, this liberating day is recognized as a state holiday in 36 states of the United States.
The Canton Unit Boys & Girls Club members met at their club on June 19, 2010 to celebrate this historical day with their community and community leaders.
Veteran Landres Cheeks challenged everyone in the community to sponsor a child for Boys & Girls club membership. This event was supported by Senator Kenny Wayne Jones, Alderman Louis Smith, The Canton Police Dept., All American Check Cashing, and the Ms. Army National Guard. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a day filled with water slides, rock climbing, and plenty of food and fun.