The Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri kicked off its annual Great Futures campaign with a day full of activities yesterday (July 31), culminating in a flash mob at the Summer Program.

Clubs across the country came together at 3 p.m. July 31 to remind communities that “when schools are out, Clubs are in” through special activities, presentations and even a take over of Times Square in New York. In addition, thanks to partnerships between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and several major businesses, an internet disruption happened on popular websites, including Google, Disney and ESPN

Locally, members have been working on their best dance skills for the past few weeks in preparation for the flash mob, in which they danced to Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy.” Visiting board members and some local donors were completely taken by surprise when members began dancing out of the blue.

“What’s fun about a flash mob is that music and dance allow for self-expression,” said Interim Executive Director Jessica Pyle. “Each member here made the performance their own today. They all have great futures ahead of them.”

According to national statistics, one in three children have no place to go after the 3 p.m. school bell rings and three in five children lack access to summer learning programs. Through the Great Futures campaign, the Club aims to reach more children in need and grow participation in life-changing, outcome-driven, out-of-school time programs to transform the future of kids. Here in Sedalia we’re asking our community to join us in this movement.

For more information about the Great Futures campaign, contact Meghan Beard at 826-8331. Those interested in donating to the Great Futures campaign should be sure to designate Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri as the recipient.

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