Boys and Girls Clubs of America Want Official Family Day

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America are known for helping the country's kids when mom and dad may be too busy.

The Brazos Valley's Boys and Girls Club Director of Program Development Tiffany Parker said the organization's purpose has to been to support parents by filling in the gaps.

"You know, we know parents aren't able to do it all and so it's our goal and our role to just fill in where parents aren't able to," Parker said.

Now, the national organization wants to help kids by helping their parents remember to schedule time with them. Saturday's local Boys and Girls Clubs Day for Kids was just one of more than 1,300 similar events nationwide.

The goal is to get government officials to set aside a day on the calendar for BGC Day for Kids. They want the third Saturday in September to serve as that reminder.

Parent and A&M Consolidated Middle School Assistant Principal Mark Ybarra said he agrees with the group's mission because mom and dad's influence can be a very powerful force.

"The child's going grow up to be a better citizen, a better student, more focused and willing to communicate with the parents and the family."

Kera Ross who is a working mother said she really cannot spend a lot of time with her children during the week.

However, Ross said she makes it a point to set aside time every weekend for her kids because the alternative is not an option.

"If you don't spend time with them then they'll go out on the streets and find the wrong crowd to hang in get in trouble," Ross said. "But if you spend time with them and show them that you care them, then that'll keep them going in the right direction."

Desiree Moore, 15, was at the BGC Day for Kids event with her friends and her mother. Moore said she knows that parents provide the best road map to adulthood.

"I learn from my mom and dad all the time what to do, what not to do, what to say, what not to say," Moore said. "And I think it's a really good idea."

Officials say the Boys and Girls Clubs of America hope state officials across the country say the same thing and mark it on the calendar.

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