|The Boys & Girls Club of Pompano Beach was the first club in South Florida.|
|Each child received a new Ridemakerz car.|
Indeed! The collaboration was a huge success. After months of steadfast planning, The Dream Team arrived on location, and in a matter of days, completed the installation. As volunteers and partners step in and out of the picture to discuss their involvement, a camera crew is filming the transformation. Each project concludes with a party. In this instance, the reveal party included a couple of speeches, tours of the newly designed spaces, and pizza, soft drinks, and Ridemakerz cars for about 260 kids.
|Tom Reardon, math teacher on board with TI, acclimates some of the kids to the new technology.|
|Kids catch on pretty fast.|
Texas Instruments was integral to this Spaces of Hope project. The company took charge in the math lab, donating a generous amount of TI-Nspire CX graphing calculators, computer software, a few iPads, apps, and science exploration tools. Melendy Lovett, TI Senior VP and President, Education Technology, eager to impact an alternative learning environment says, "We quickly could envision an appealing high tech learning lab where students would like to spend time." The TI-Nspire technology enables students to see how math and science are related to their hobbies and extracurricular interests. This summer TI will return to the Pompano Beach facility to host STEM camp.
|The family that builds together...|
|Kidz Tools are sized for smaller hands.|
|Woodworking is one of the kids favorites. Projects have included treasure boxes and bird houses.|
Mark Clifford (above left), a state certified general contractor and teacher of the special vocational course, Building Trades and Construction Design Technology, through the Broward public school system, gets to test drive the new tools first. He runs the woodworking studio at the Club. A volunteer for nearly 3 years, Clifford must create projects suitable for 7-18 year olds. It is a challenge at times, and is one that Clifford relishes. He says, " It makes me rethink things. Makes me better at what I do."
|Health and Fitness Coordinator Christopher Cleveland|
|Greg Jones (center) is the much-loved Director of the Stephanis Club. To his left (black shirt) is Lysa Liemer from Designing Spaces.|
For now, Greg Jones presides over the Pompano Beach Club. He first came to the Club in 1976 when he was 9 years old. In 1985 he joined the staff. Jones the target of much respect and admiration, is a big guy with sizable shoes to fill. If dedication pays off, Coach Chris seems to be on track for following in his footsteps.
I'm glad I was there. I made all these new friends!!