Heights Youth Club

A Heights Youth Club member works on a holiday craft project.

Photo by Irene Smith

I'll have that hot lunch with a side of school work and a helping of self-esteem! Heights Youth Club continued its mission of providing a positive place for kids in a December packed with learning, special projects, and core attention to academic achievement.  

Heights Youth Club, proud to be part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, is grateful for community collaboration, including a hot and healthy meal served daily, provided by the Cleveland Food Bank, volunteer tutors, and corporate support. Recently, employees of the Eaton Corporation toured the facility, and the Great Lakes Science Center hosted a holiday party at the science museum so that kids could visit exhibits. 

A day at Heights Youth Club begins with school work. Lessons are reviewed, and if homework is completed, volunteers listen to kids read a book from the Jeanne Jones Learning Center, dedicated to the memory of a local woman devoted to education.  Part of the daily routine includes exercise and participation in the National Football League's "Play 60" program, an hour of physical activity. As a reward for meeting club goals in this program, kids were treated to a visit to Browns Stadium and an opportunity to meet team players. 

Club membership is open to all students in the CH-UH City School District. To join the club, fill out a membership form, pay the $10 annual fee, and be part of the fun.

The club also welcomes contributions.  It's a worthwhile investment in helping youth reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults. Send contributions to HYC, 2065 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118, or donate online at www.heightsyouthclub.org. 

Dr Louise Westfall is the senior pastor of Fairmount Presbyterian Church, president of the Heights Youth Club board, and a huge Indians fan.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 10:14 AM, 12.16.2009