The following is a letter provided by Bill Chetwynd & Anthony Guardia:
Some of our favorite meetings on the School Committee were when teachers and students from Switzerland would visit. We remember having a conversation with them about the American education system. That conversation stuck with us and has caused us to reflect on the deeper meaning of education.
We believe that in the United States’ the purpose of education is not just about making a child a smarter person, but also making them a better person: a person that will make a positive difference in their community. The education of a child does not stop at the class room or the school day but continues throughout that day literally until they go to sleep.
This is true in Wakefield. While formal classes end at 2:00, extra-curricular learning and experience goes on well into the evenings. This is why on the weekend we see student volunteers at the senior center, farmer’s market, and at other community events. It is why we see them working in our downtown, writing their political opinions in these pages, vigorously leading anti-bullying campaigns, participating on Relay for Life teams, and so much more that makes us realize that they are not just attending school and getting an academic education, but they are also getting a life education in Wakefield.
We want them to have a Boys & Girls Club to continue and to further enhance this life education and experience.
A Boys & Girls Club is a microcosm of all the things mentioned above. It’s a place where our children can further their education, play sports, pursue an activity or interest, in a safe and positive environment for a few hours a day.
To provide this opportunity to our young people, however, it requires your help.
There are many ways you can help:
- The Open the Door Campaign for 2013 includes a Sponsorship Program.
- Become a member of the Founder’s Club.
- Participate in The Change is Good campaign.
- You may also help by giving of your time and energy.
- And much more.
To learn more about these programs and how you can best help please go to the Club’s website: http://www.bgcstoneham.org and click on the Wakefield tab.
We need your help to get the program up and running. We are so very close to opening our club. We have a location, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars, and we are already developing programs. We are confident we will “open up our doors” soon.
In conclusion - Wakefield’s youth are our future both in the community and the world and we have an opportunity to make a difference in their lives and thus a difference in our world. Our youth work hard at many of the events previously mentioned for the betterment of others and our community in general. They do this good because they see us as a community setting examples for them. Examples such as the World War 2 Memorial, the investment in a new Middle School, the largest Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation in America and one of the largest Relay for Life programs in the country to name but a few. So we ask that you continue to be that example for our youth and help us make this club another significant element in their life education.
Bill Chetwynd & Anthony Guardia