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National Boys and Girls Club Week


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Kids need positive role models. That's one of the goals at the Boys and Girls Club of Black Hawk County, and this week is National Boys and Girls Club Week.

At the club, students get help with homework, a hot meal, and a place to just hang out with friends. They may even have an opportunity to break a world record.

On Tuesday, The Boys and Girls Club is going to attempt to break a world record by having the most people taking part in jumping jacks.

But Executive Director Chuck Rowe says this event is much more than just getting into the record books.

"In order to have a great future you have to have good self esteem and be proud of yourself. We want kids after today to be going to all their friends tomorrow and say hey look what I did I was part of a world record breaking day," said Rowe.

Rowe says kids who come to the club do better in school. He says they get better grades, get in trouble less and they actually go to school more often.

As for ten-year-old Rodonus Echols, he came to the club to spend more time with his brother.  

"We mostly play basketball. We go eat. We then go to the learning room and watch TV, get on the computer," said Echols.

"We have a lot of kids that need help with their homework or don't have someone to cook them a hot meal each night or they just need someone to give them some good mentorship and some good advice on how to grow up," said Rowe.

The Boys and Girls Club is always looking for volunteers to help with homework or even just to be a good mentor. For more information about the club click here.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough


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