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Brand new programs at Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Ennis is offering a variety of new programs.
The organization also has a new health and fitness director –– Andrew Turnball, who came from Iowa to take the job. Turnball said when his girlfriend located to Texas for a teaching position, he saw the opening at the Boys & Girls Club as the right place for him.
“It was exactly what I wanted to do,” Turnball said.
Turnball has been with the local club since August, and despite a commute from Allen every day he enjoys knowing he’s making a difference in the kids’ lives.
“There’s a lot of camaraderie with the staff and that reflects on the kids,” Turnball said.
The greatest challenge for Turnball is reaching every one of the 100 plus kids who come through the door each afternoon.
“You can never get discouraged or give up,” Turnball said. “You have to try new things with them.”
The newest program Turnball has initiated with club members is “Triple Play,” which focuses on mind, body and soul.
“This is my favorite program because it teaches the kids to be well rounded and it shows that all three things are connected with one another,” Turnball said.
“Triple Play” uses activities and lessons to teach the children about diversity, friendship and teamwork. Turnball said a lesson about the mind would consist of understanding the food and exercise pyramids and a body lesson could be learning about healthy snacks and playing. Soul enrichment includes the activity of members passing a ball around and asking questions of one another to get to know each other better.
Turnball said “Triple Play” is a program that encompasses the child’s entire life, focusing on creating a safe environment for children to be in after school every day.
To show members the importance of community service, the club is taking part in the local Treats for Troops drive. Club members and staff are baking cookies for soldiers, including a photo of the themselves so the men and women of the Armed Forces know who sent the holiday care package.
Another event on the Boys & Girls Club calendar is its Coed Basketball League season, just around the corner. The first game starts Jan. 19 but players, coaches and volunteers must sign up by the end of November to be registered.
With increased membership and programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis, the organization is in need of volunteers. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed to assist with the Spanish-speaking club members.
For more information about volunteer opportunities or activities at the club call 972-878-1543.

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