Children from the Boys & Girls Club in Roswell enjoy the spring weather on Monday and inspect the flowers that they planted back in October. The Boys & Girls Club will be hosting a Mix-It-Up event during Spring Break next week featuring several field trips and activities. (Randal Seyler Photo)
The Boys & Girls Club of Roswell is planning a Mix-It-Up Week for local youth during Spring Break next week.
The event will sponsor five local youths who are not members of the club to participate in the week’s events, which will include outings for the children as well as on-site activities, including beautification of the [auth] campus, including painting concrete paving stones that spell out the club name near the sidewalk on Garden Street, said Melanie Deason, a Boys & Girls Club board member.
In light of the recent Berrendo School shooting, Deason proposed Mix-It-Up as a new opportunity for the youth of Roswell to experience more of their peers and community in a positive way, in hopes of lessening the negative consequences of bullying.
“The program has received a grant from Leprino Foods, which is really wonderful,” Deason said.
Spring Break was moved for Roswell Independent School District students to April due to standardized testing being scheduled in March, Deason said. The Mix-It-Up Week will allow 24 students to participate in various activities during Spring Break.
“The grant from Leprino Foods will allow us to sponsor scholarships for five students,” Deason said.
The scholarships will be given to youth whose families would not normally be able to afford a weeklong Boys & Girls Club experience, and the Mix-It-Up opportunities are in addition to normal club activities which will be taking place that week.
Planned outings for the Mix-It-Up Week include a tour of a local plant/nursery, a docent-led tour of two local museums, a tour and lecture at Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, and a tour of New Mexico Military Institute.
The children will also participate in numerous activities. Deason will be coordinating the activities, and she expects to have extra adult guidance from a few members of the Noon Optimist and Sunrise Optimist clubs.
Monday students were busy laying paving stones in front of the club, spelling out “Boys & Girls Club.” During Mix-It-Up Week, children will get the opportunity to paint the individual stones.
“One of the things we really like to try and teach is mindfulness,” Deason said. “We want to teach the children to be respectful of others, and of all things.”