I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
I learned about hard work from my parents growing up. Both of them struggled through school, my dad with a learning didisability and my mother was sick for the last two years of high-school. They barely graduated high-school, but were some of the hardest working and smartest people that I have known. My mother read everything she could get her hands on and my dad could do math in his head faster than anyone I have ever met. However, due to life circumstances they worked hard labor jobs. My dad was an aid at a nursing home and then a janitor, my mother did data entry for an auto parts warehouse. We were by no means rich, but our house was full of love and my mother always managed to provide for me, even going so far as getting me a scholarship to go to Washington, DC in middle school. Since both of my parents worked so hard there was no one able to be home with me in the evenings when I came home from school. Thankfully my mother was resourceful and I was able to get a scholarship for after school care at the Boys and Girls Club near our house. Having somewhere to go after school where I could do my homework, study and be around other kids saved me from getting into trouble. I studied, I graduated first in my high-school class and went on to get a master's degree. There were many things that contributed to my success and I firmly believe that the Boys and Girls Club was one of them.
If you are like me and think that the Boys and Girls Club (BGCA) is a great place for kids you can support them by shopping! Right now they are partnering with JCPenney for the 'JCPenney Cares Round Up Campaign'. In the month of July JCPenney is rounding up purchases to the nearest whole dollar. 100 percent of the donations raised will go to BGCA. Who doesn't love giving back while shopping?
For more information on the BGCA and jcpenney ‘round up campaign’ – please click here: www.greatfutures.org/backtoschool