Boys & Girls Club gets a colorful start

KINGSTON — Stargazing, guitar lessons, scrapbooking, golfing, cooking classes, bracelet-making, science experiments, crew, Ping-Pong, magic tricks ... these were just a few of the many ideas prospective members of the newly formed North Kitsap Boys & Girls Club suggested as activities.

The club held its grand opening Feb. 18 in the commons area of Kingston Junior High. The NKB&G Club will provide activities, including homework assistance, from 2:15-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at various locations within the junior high throughout the school year.

After about two years of work, members of the organization’s support committee provided free pizza and beverages and encouraged kids to write ideas for what is now “their” club on a blank table-length piece of butcher paper.

Robin Bishop and her daughter, Rachel, 13, sat down at the table to figure

“Just some after-school activities she is looking for,” Robin commented on why Rachel decided to join. “She’s new this year from Florida.”

“Cooking — I just like to cook,” Rachel suggested.

“She’s been wanting cooking lessons other than from mom at home,” Robin said with a laugh.

The Shannons, a military family which recently moved to Kingston from Spain, found the club as a stepping stone for exploring new school activities for their kids Meaghan and Taylor.

“I’ve never really done it before,” Meaghan said. “I want to see what it is about.”

Taylor suggested the club bring in golf.

“There are driving ranges down the street,” he said.

The brother and sister were in strong support of incorporating sports into the club.

“It keeps me active,” Taylor said.

“It keeps us fit, (our mom Diana) wants us to do them, it’s a way to meet friends,” Meaghan said.

Eighth grader Josh Gilson was all for the club as well.

“I like to do activities and I join most of the sports after school and I’m just open for anything,” he said.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Chief for Patrol Division Gary Simpson was writing down a few ideas of his own at the idea table. He showed up Wednesday to show support for the club.

“(The NKB&G Club support committee) asked the Sheriff’s office to help with planning,” he said. “I think it’s a great way for me to just be with kids and take away the mystery of law enforcement.”

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