The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County will host an Open House on October 29, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Central Clubhouse located at 95 Church Street in Newport, RI. The event is open to the public and guests are invited to learn about BGC programs and services, meet the outstanding staff and see the recent Club renovations and improvements. Activities will include: testing out the vinyl cutter, Rock Band video game in the Teen Center, free swim, touring the Club, and an interactive African Drum concert with Kera Washington.

Schedule of Events

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Games in the Gym
4:00 – 5:45 p.m. – Try out the Vinyl Cutter!
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Rock Band Video Game Tournament
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – BGC website scavenger hunt in the computer lab
Tours of the Club every 20 minutes starting at 4:00 p.m.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Interactive African Drum Concert with Kera Washington
5:15 – 5:45 p.m. – Free Swim, don’t forget your bathing suit and towel!

Representatives from AT&T will be on hand during the Open House to witness the vinyl-cutting demonstration. The AT&T Foundation was instrumental in providing grant funding that allowed the Club to purchase the computer-controlled cutter. Club members will learn how to safely cut adhesive vinyl sheets into professional looking signage or ready-to-apply paint masking and also gain an understanding of vector-based graphics and various software programs.

The tool can also be used to make screens for silkscreen printing. The cutter is one example of how high school students can learn skills needed to compete in an advanced manufacturing environment. Exposure to different skill sets and opportunities for hands-on activities can start kids thinking about their futures in ways they might not have ever considered. In addition to the skills learned, the importance of the self-confidence that young members develop when they succeed at a new skill is invaluable.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County provides valuable enrichment, athletics and activities for children of all ages, and we’re proud to support their commitment to providing hands-on learning,” said AT&T New England

President Patricia Jacobs. “At AT&T, we’re focused on doing all we can to help local students acquire the skills they need to graduate high school and continue on to college or the workforce. Programs like this one in advanced manufacturing develop just the type of skillsets students need to succeed in school and beyond.”

For more information, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, 401-847-6927 or visit the website at www.bgcnewport.org.