Great Futures Start at the Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County
Golfing For Great Futures Golf Tournament
Golfing For Great Futures Golf Tournament
Last Years 2023 Pictures From Our Event
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Coca Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida), Florida's local Coca-Cola
bottler, is committed to strengthening the communities they serve.
In August 2023, the company introduced the Coke Florida Refreshing Minds
Scholarship, a new 10-year, $2.8 million partnership with Florida Prepaid
College Foundation. The scholarship will cover tuition and most fees for
economically disadvantaged students pursuing higher education at a Florida
public four-year university, two-year college, or technical/vocational school.
the Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County
to Archibold Biological Station in Lake Placid where they learned about
nature. Thank you to Annett Bus Lines who provided our transportation.
Notice of Intent to Apply – 21st Century Community Learning Centers
NOTICE of INTENT TO APPLY: 21st Century Community Learning Center.
Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County is pleased to announce that it will be applying for funding from the Florida Department of Education to establish its club locations in Avon Park and Sebring as a “Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center” (21CCLC). The 21st CCLC is a no-cost-to-parents afterschool and summer program that, if awarded, will be funded for four (4) years.
This 21st CCLC will offer academic and personal enrichment programming year-round, serving at-risk youth in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. The program will be available to all students attending Highlands County Elementary Schools: Avon, Fred Wild, Memorial, Park and Woodlawn.
After-school program services will be held at two Boys & Girls Club locations on all regularly scheduled school days. In Avon Park, the Club is located at 207 E. State Street, and in Sebring, at 111 N. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Summer Program will be at the same locations, during June and July.
The grant application due date is May 20th 2022. We are seeking feedback to better understand the needs of the community. The public is invited to complete the Needs Assessment Survey through this website to be aggregated in our Grant Proposal. Please return responses to our Administrative Office at P.O. Box 1596, Sebring, FL 33871 by the due date of April 20th, 2022 to be included. Further Information about the Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County and 21CCLC may be obtained by calling our Administrative Office at (863) 451-5401.
By Cindy Marshall
Highlands Sun Editor
SEBRING – The roar of the engines filtered through the air in downtown Sebring on Saturday morning as 100 Corvettes paraded to the Circle where they were greeted by hundreds of local children and families. It was not a car race, but instead drivers from the Tampa Bay Posse Corvettes who came to Sebring to show their support for Child Abuse Prevention Month by participating in the Pinwheelz For Kidz Festival on April 1. This first-time event was organized by the Champion for Children Foundation and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Tampa Bay Posse Corvettes went the extra miles to come support our county,” said Shirley Johnson, coordinator of the event and Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Reintegration Specialist. The Tampa Bay Posse Corvettes started their descent onto the City of Sebring by revving up their engines on Main Street in Avon Park and headed down the Sebring Parkway to downtown Sebring. Before their arrival, people lined the street along Ridgewood Drive and around the Circle to check out the mass amount of sporty cars. The Aktion Club of Highlands County and the Avon Park High School Key Club, decked out in blue clothing and pom poms, stood along Ridgewood Drive to wave and welcome the drivers to town. Blue is the color affiliated with both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Autism Awareness Month.
“The side cheering teams from Aktion Club of Highlands County and Avon Park High School Key Club put a smile on every driver’s face,” Johnson said. “It was a family friendly festival to bring awareness about child abuse, neglect and autism.” As the drivers parked their Corvettes around the Circle, the public walked around to view each of the vehicles. Several organizations set up activity booths for kids to play games, win prizes, and have fun. Barefoot Ministry inside First Sebring Church provided music and even songs for the kids to dance as well as some trivia contests led by Pastor Brett Emanuel. There was face painting, free pinwheels and bubbles.
Food items such as snow cones, cookies, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks were handed out free to everyone. Characters decked in blue such as the Cookie Monster, the Genie from Aladdin and Batman made special appearances with the kids along with the Easter Bunny. Aktion Club members portrayed those characters while Hope Haven Transitional Housing provided the bunny.
Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman welcomed the crowd and Sebring Mayor John Shoop led everyone in prayer. A special guest speaker Illeona Miller, 17, of Sebring spoke about how “every child should have a safe and happy childhood.” She focused on the need to prevent child abuse by saying, “no child should have to hurt.” The rest of the day was all about the children and they came from all over the county and even some came from out of town. Xander Harper, 8, of Brandenton, was sitting on a blanket under the shade with his family. His mom said they came into town to visit family and heard about the event. An event of this size takes many people to organize. Johnson said, she owes many thanks to the governing boards, the host City of Sebring, and the citizens for making this successful.
“We had a lot of local helping hands make this event a success,” Johnson said. Johnson recognized the top sponsors Champion for Children Foundation of Highlands County, Inc., Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Mark and Becky Cox with Wicks, Brown & Williams & Co., CPAs, LLP, Sebring Rotary Club and the Shirt Shack, Other sponsors included Advent Health, Aktion Club of Highlands County, Alan Jay Automotive Network and Chevrolet, American First Air Conditioning and Handling, Avon Park High School Key Club, Best Behavioral Solutions, Boutique De La Isla, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Museum of the Highlands, Choices Family Resource Center, Dee’s Place, Department of Children & Families, Dowden Funeral Home, Healthy Families, Healthy Start Coalition, Heartland For Children, Heartland Library Cooperative, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Cops Adapt Unit & Therapy Dogs, Highlands County Family YMCA, Hope for Highlands Community Initiative, Hope Haven Transitional Housing, Jahna Concrete, JetLag Apparel, Kevin & Debbe Roberts, Kiwanis Club of Sebring, La Oficina De Ruthy, Lakeside Air Conditioning & Heating, MidFlorida Credit Union in Avon Park, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Avon Park, Red Barn Furniture, School Board of Highlands County, Signtastic, Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Homes, Steve Bond Insurance Agency Inc., The Ruth E. Handley Children’s Advocacy Center, Tri-County Human Services’ Prevention & Project Hope, Volunteers of America, Walmart, WIC — Highlands County Health Department, Wireless Rehab Inc. — CPR Cell Phone Repair, Worthy & Known Family Project, and Youth For Christ in Highlands County.
Johnson also thanked the City of Sebring Fire Department, Hannah Tucker with the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency, Public Works of Sebring, Mayor John Shoop, Scott Noethlich of the City of Sebring, Sebring Police Department, Sebring International Raceway, Highlands County Commissioners, Southside Resources Center in Avon Park, Florida Department of Corrections Probation Office of Highlands County, Toby’s Clowns, and Barefoot Ministry.
When the day came to a close at 1 p.m., everyone waved goodbye to all the Corvettes as they exited down the same road they traveled into the town. Johnson said that the drivers were very impressed with their welcome from the City of Sebring and they would be back next year. 41 cars left early to go to the Sebring International Raceway to participate and experience the Pin Wheelz Corvette Laps around the track. Special thanks goes out to Chin Track Days who allowed these parade laps to happen during their lunch hour. Special thanks also goes out to the Staff of the Sebring International Raceway who helped to give these cars a safe once in a lifetime experience on the World famous International Race Course located right here at Sebring.
Sebring International Raceway
and the Highlands County Sheriff's Office
for their Support of the Pin Wheelz Corvette Parade
Thank You for Such A Great Turn Out.
On June 27, 2022, South Florida State College (SFSC) partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County to put together a fun-filled educational event called “Strive for Success to College.” The event was held at the Boys & Girls Club in Avon Park, where residents from Avon Park and Sebring ranging from third to 11th grade attended the event. This event introduced students to college information and allowed them to use what they learned in the Boys & Girls Club summer program classes.
A variety of activities that the kids participated in helped them gain information about college, career options, educational facts, and vocabulary words. SFSC was all about school spirit — SFSC representatives wore their orange SFSC t-shirts and the walls were covered with SFSC spirit posters. The kids were awarded prizes at the end to thank them for their participation and to continue to strive for learning in education. As a local college in Highlands County, we want students to know that we are their community resource when they have questions about college and to help them explore career options.
“We love our community and are thrilled to have an opportunity to work with the Boys & Girls Club to motivate students to strive for higher education and spark a desire to go to college,” said Sofia Ochoa, college recruiter at SFSC. “I love my job as a college recruiter and events like this make me happy because we are working with kids who will be successful and make a difference one day. That’s what we see from our students who attended SFSC and we want to inspire future students to get started on their college and career journey and find the right resources available to them at SFSC.
When the students from the Boys & Girls Club think back on this event, they may say, ‘I remember when SFSC came to visit us and we played games, but I learned a lot about SFSC and I want to know more.’” SFSC representatives who participated in the Boys & Girls Club event were: Dolores Breedlove, Take Stock in Children college success coach; Dr. Mark Bukowski, dean of student services; Anastasia Fuchser, Institutional Advancement and Alumni Development coordinator; Rob Hampton, Career Development Center director; Fred Hayes, Construction Trades Program director; George Livingston, Tutoring and Learning Center Math Lab specialist; Cristian Luevano, HSI-STEM coach; Sofia Ochoa, college recruiter; Andy Polk, Student Life coordinator; and Emily Vickers, Health Sciences staff assistant.
Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County is proud to be a 21st Century Community Learning Center.
Please learn more by visiting " About Us " and reading about our 21CCLC program.
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We are welcoming New Members to our Club!
Hello Parents! If you are looking for a quality after school program for your Highlands County students, the Boys & Girls Club is also looking for you!
Please contact the Site Director at the location that is most convenient to your home - in Sebring or Avon Park - to schedule a site visit and submit an application
The Boys & Girls Club serves members in grades 1st to 12th. We are the Positive Place for Kids.
The Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County provides after-school and summer programs for hundreds of area youth ages 6-12 at two Club locations.
Programs are designed to help youth excel in school, become leaders, live healthy lifestyles and create plans for success after high school graduation.
Our Clubs provide youth with opportunities forAcademic Enrichment, including tutorial services to help students, particularly students
who attend low performingschools to meet state academic standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics.
Our Avon Park Location :
207 E.State Street
Avon Park, FL 33825
Site Director: Florine Anderson Email Me
Our Sebring Location :
111 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Sebring, FL. 33870
Site Director: Vernetta Bolton Email Me
Our Lake Placid Location :
The Lake Placid Location Is Currently In Our Planning Stages.
Our Administrative Offices :2523 U.S. 27 South Suite 120
Avon Park, FL 33825
P.O.Box 1596 Sebring. FL 33871 863-451-5401
Executive Director : Janice Rearick