Porter County IN. 12-15-2010 – Andrew Howerton was the winner for overall Power Hour Points at the Discovery Charter School (Chesterton) Kidstop Site for the month of November.  Pictured with Andrew is Jessica Kemerly, Kidstop Staff.

Kameron Osbun was the winner for overall Power Hour Points at the Parkview Kidstop Site for the month of November.  Kameron is pictured with Kidstop Staff Nicole Kapp.

Jessica Kemerly (left) Andrew Howerton (right)

Power Hour is a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program for Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County youth aged 6 to 18 years, providing members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework – and start the school day with a sense of confidence and ability. As members complete homework assignments and bonus activities, they accumulate Power Points, which may be used to obtain Power Rewards – prizes, activities and incentives. In addition, Power Hour offers tutoring assistance for members who need additional work in special areas.

Power Hour offers a structured time and place for Club staff and volunteers to help members with an important aspect of the educational process – homework. Members emerge from the program better prepared for classes and proud of their hard work and accomplishments.

The philosophy underlying the Power Hour program is that the benefits of homework are threefold – academic, behavioral and social. By working on homework after school, members reinforce skills and concepts learned that day. Young people who consistently complete their homework develop a deeper understanding of the work, and are ready to move on to more challenging concepts. In addition, homework completion leads to long-term improvements in members’ grades and test scores.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Kidstop program is a fun child care alternative, supervised by trained staff where children are given the opportunity to participate in creative play, recreational and gym activities, as well as working on age appropriate learning activities, homework help, and arts and crafts.   Programs are open to all children in the community enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

The Boys & Girls Club of Porter County provides children ages 5 to 18 with quality programming emphasizing character and leadership, education and career development; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach.

The club operates facilities in Valparaiso, South Haven, Duneland and Portage.  For more information on membership, volunteer opportunities or to make a tax deductible donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, please contact your local Club or call (219) 464-7282 or visit www.bgcpoco.org.

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