Parent Perspective- Susan Frigetto
Club Parent Perspective
The Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club (BCBGC) became the big 2-0 in 2019. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Club has partnered with the Montrose Daily Press on a special project; to bring to the readers of the Press an article each week to highlight various aspects of the Club and show the impact it has had in Montrose & Olathe. The readers will get insight from current parents, former Club kids, current Club kids, past Club staff, and more. So join us each week as we show why “Great Futures Start Here!”
Susan Frigetto’s two kids, Gracie and Drake, have been going to the Club for three years. Although Susan was not a Club kid growing up, she sees the value that it brings to her kids’ lives: “I think that Club is such an asset to our community! I think that it is run very well, the staff communicates very well with parents and my kids love the staff. I think that the programming is amazing and continues to get better every year. They put a lot of work into what they offer the kids. The price is probably the best part!” She noted both of her kids really enjoy the Junior Chef program and how Club allows them to spend time with their friends outside of school. Susan noted she will continue to send her kids to Club because it “teaches them very useful and important tools to navigate through adolescence; things from working out problems with peers to dealing with bullies.” Susan also likes to get involved with the Club herself often volunteering at fundraising events.
Susan did note one area of change she would like to see, which is something we hear from a lot of parents, is to have Club coverage over certain school breaks. While Club is able to provide services during some breaks, particularly with the Camp Cocoa program, there are times that there is a gap between Club sessions. For example, the school session of Club ended on May 22 and the first summer session will not start until June 4. The reason we take these breaks, while we would love to have the kids all the time, is that we use these times to do a deep clean of the Club facilities, determine/set programming for the upcoming session, and fit in staff training. We appreciate the parents’ and kids’ patience during these breaks which allow us to work on making the Club experience the best it can be for the kids.
Bud Taylor is the Executive Director for the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club (BCBGC) and had been for the past two years. Prior to that, he was a BCBGC kid, junior staff member, and board director. Feel free to contact Bud Taylor by e-mail at email@example.com or visit the Club’s website for more information, www.bcbgc.org.