Archive for May, 2016

State Education Day

May 24th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

2016-5-State Ed DayOn Saturday, May 7th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County participated in State Education Day in Denver. This event featured members from Boys & Girls Clubs all over the state of Colorado competing in academic categories according to their grade level. The competition challenged teams in all areas of academics and required thorough preparation and dedication by all participants.


Wellington sent three young ladies to compete at State Education Day. All three girls spent countless hours creating creative writing pieces and geography tri-fold boards/pamphlets to prepare for the competition. Milayo and Ciera competed as a group in the 4th-6th grade category, while Asha competed in the 1st-3rd grade category on her own. The girls said that music trivia, catapult making and presenting their creative writing pieces were their favorite parts of the competition. They also enjoyed meeting other youth from other Clubs around Colorado. Throughout the event, the girls were incredibly positive and willing to try anything no matter how challenging it was! They all received participation medals which they showed off to their parents, at school and at Club.


The Fort Collins and Loveland Clubs combined to form a team and had a group represented in each grade category. Fort Collins 9th graders, Caleb, Tiara and Gaby, competed above their grade level in the 10th-12th category and represented very well. Loveland brought State Ed veterans, Katelyn and Stella, who took 1st place in the 7-9th grade category and even brought props to reenact their Cinderella story for creative writing. Loveland’s 4th-6th grade group took home a 3rd place finish with a great presentation on Florida and creative story based on the Three Little Pigs. The youngest category for 1st-3rd grade was represented solo, by Sammie from Loveland, who did a wonderful job in her STEM and trivia challenges, as well as presented on her home town of Loveland! This combined team representing both Fort Collins and Loveland members took home 3rd place overall in the state competition!


State Education Day is an incredible opportunity for youth to get excited about learning. They get to team up with each other and compete as well as socialize with youth all across the state. The kids always have a lot of fun are very excited to be representing an entire organization! The joy they have when they bring back their trophies, medals and stories is incredible! We look forward to continuing the representation of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County at State Education Day every year!

Meet Desirae, Middle and High School Program Specialist at Wellington!

May 5th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

DesDesirae is the Middle and High School Program Specialist for the Wellington Unit!  She has worked with BGCLC for a year in May.  Desirae is doing an incredible job helping to lead teen nights and the social action project in Wellington!  Desirae will also be leading the "Got What It Takes," community service program this summer.  Read below to learn more about Des:

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is good 'ol fashioned BBQ'd anything. Top choices on the grill would be either BBQ'd ribs or a pulled pork sandwich complete with cornbread, coleslaw, and a sweet iced tea.

What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be going somewhere overseas. I am particularly interested in Ireland or the Philippines. I would have to find a way to interact with the locals and get a true cultural experience as well as have plenty of time set aside for relaxation. I don't like to have a busy schedule when I am on vacation.

If you were trapped on an desert Island, what three things would you bring with you?
If I were trapped on an island and could bring any three things I would bring my Bible, my best friend Rene, and my guitar.

What is a unique talent you have?
A unique talent I have is that I can cross my eyes and wiggle just one eye. I can also turn my thumb completely backwards.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
My favorite thing about working at the Boys and Girls Club is all the fun things I get to do as well as the ability I have to make choices and bring things that I am interested to personally to the kids and the Club. I also love that I can be silly and goofy at work and that a key element and requirement of my job is to have fun. 🙂

Thank you for all you do, Des!!!