Another Good Year
May 23, 2008
by Vicki Carr
Teen Center Board
The Lake Chelan Valley Teen Center is winding down for the 2007-2008 year. The tutoring program will continue at the secondary school in Chelan until June 5, but the last night for the evening program was May 10.
Tutoring coordinator Kathy Schuldt reports about 20 students on average drop in to the after-school sessions held four days a week for one and a half hours. She has been assisted by ten community volunteers, five of them student volunteers. Schuldt is finishing her eighth year directing this important program which she estimates has served approximately 200 students throughout the academic year.
The evening program features nutritious meals and recreational activities for middle school and high school students on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 11 p.m. This occurs at the Teen Center which meets in the Fireside Room of the Lake Chelan United Methodist Church in downtown Chelan. Supervisers report that 234 various students came to the Teen Center this past year.
The tutoring program and the evening program tend to serve two different student populations, but the Teen Center Board estimates that about 400 various secondary students took advantage of the two programs offered this season.
Special activities this year included pool tournaments, a bowling night, passing out candy at the Ruby Theatre on Halloween, painting ceramic tiles to cover a large table at the center, a Thanksgiving dinner provided by board members, a Christmas party with gifts and Limbo Nights with movie passes as prizes.
Meals were provided at cost by the Apple Cup Cafe, the Red Apple Market deli in Chelan, Local Myth Pizza, Company Creek Pizza, Lakeside Subway and Hungry Belly.
Two previous adult supervisors, Kate Tomlinson and Jo Ellen Moore, were joined this year by Travis Farrar. Farrar, a 1999 CHS graduate and first Teen Center vice-president, said, "I've enjoyed getting back to being involved with the Teen Center, getting to know the wonderful kids in this valley again." This year's funding included a grant from the Chelan-Douglas County Community Network, funds from the Lake Chelan School District for the tutoring program, monies from the Community Foundation and a gift from the Chelan Douglas Together! For Drug Free Youth organization.
Private donations from generous citizens and businesses, and fundraisers such as the Fire and Ice Polar Bear Splash, totaled almost $19,000. Expenses for the year amounted to about $22,000.
Chairman Paul Palumbo has guided the Teen Center Board throughout the year. Treasurer Patti Caputo and vice-chair Therese Bublitz spent long hours on budgetary matters. Secretary Mary Murphy has been a successful grant writer. Member Don Mollet helped with fundraisers. Vicki Carr continued as liaison between the board and the Methodist church. Bublitz also spend many evenings at the center assisting with meals and supervising activities.
Two board members are needed for the 2008-2009 season. Anyone who is interested in serving on the board, and being a positive influence for youth in the Lake Chelan Valley, is asked to call Therese Bublitz at 687-5054, or Mary Murphy at 687-3210. Other information can be found at www.chelanteencenter.com.
Lake Chelan Valley youth are to be congratulated on their coorperation and compliance with those who volunteer and supervise at the school tutoring program and the evening program at the Methodist church. The Teen Center Board is already planning for the 2008-2009 year, which will be its ninth year of operation.