This fall, BSAC will debut a behind the scenes project that has been many years in the making. Children and families at our main campus will soon be able to enjoy a brand new playground, complete with a shade structure. The playground will be located to the left of the basketball courts and will be visible from the parking lot. It will have two slides, monkey bars, ladders, and other fun climbing apparatuses. Soft green turf will cover the ground and make a pathway to the gated area entrance. While structured activities and organized games are essential for growth and development, we also understand the importance of free play. Children need the opportunity to socialize with friends, exercise, and spend time outdoors. We look forward to the installation of our brand new playground, and will keep our families updated with news and announcements!
The BSAC After-School Experience (BASE), is bringing back its most popular after-school clubs in addition to exciting new options! After a long day, students can look forward to spending time with their friends while developing personal interests and hobbies in Culinary, Arts & Crafts, Robotics, LEGO’S (intro to Robotics), Community Service, Gardening, Odyssey of the Mind, and Trade. Students have the opportunity to register for two clubs in the fall, and two clubs in spring. “As a local Non-Profit, BSAC is excited to serve our community by providing exceptional after school experiences for children,” said Brandi, Director of BASE. “Our curriculum-based programming offers homework time, computer lab time, organized outdoor games, and enriching clubs. All of our activities are focused on immersing your child in leadership experiences, community connections, the importance of service, and understanding how they can impact the lives of those around them.” In an effort to drive the BSAC mission of impacting lives daily, students will explore educational topics they are passionate about while building life skills that will carry on well into middle and high school. The highly anticipated new curriculum has also brought in community business partners, which connects students not only to our community but to current leaders in the Brandon area as well. Students will have the unique opportunity to engage with professionals across a wide range of industries through field trips and guest speakers, interacting with chefs, dental hygienists, law enforcement, nutritionists, and more! BASE continues to raise the standard for after-school programming by tying activity curriculum to the Sunshine State Standards. Educational enrichment has never been more fun, innovative, or engaging! In the 2019-2020 school year, BASE will be available at BSAC in addition to the following six Hillsborough County Elementary Schools: Brooker, Fishhawk Creek, Bevis, Stowers, Lithia Springs, and Kingswood. BSAC also picks up students from various elementary schools in the Brandon area for programming at its 12.5-acre main campus, which has two swimming pools, diving boards, a media center, gym, and art room. For more information, visit: https://www.mybsac.org/afterschool/.
Students at Stowers BASE came together to create a special thank you gift to show their appreciation for the school's nurse. Each student wrote a thank you note onto a bandage and placed the bandages onto a picture frame. The students were then able to personally give the nurse her special gift!
Second and third grade BASE students were challenged to use their creativity and engineering skills to create a structure that could stand on its own. Students were supplied with twenty-four craft sticks, binder clips, and clothespins to create their sturdy structures.
Camp BSAC hosted a public open house to give potential summer camp guests and parents an inside look at all of the fun activities we offer! Students played minute to win it games, had access to the pool, and played life-size hungry hungry hippo. While parents were able to play, sign their kids up for summer camp and learn more about everything Camp BSAC offers!
Meet Rebekah Clark: a talented BSAC lifeguard, Girl Scout, and Blue Wave Swim Team Member who has made a lasting impact right here on our campus. With the help of her family, Rebekah created a mini library called Readbox, inspired by the Redbox video rentals located in popular stores in our area. “I started this project back when I lived in Maryland because I really wanted to spread literacy and encourage kids to read outside of school,” said Rebekah. “When I was growing up, I was home-schooled. We would go to the library and I’d come home with a stack of books a foot tall and read all of them. It helped me with my schooling later in life.” Rebekah attributes her excellent vocabulary and writing skills to reading, and she wants to help younger children understand the potential benefits it can bring throughout life. She believes reading will not only help kids in school, but will also help them in the future when it comes time to apply for jobs or go to college. “I’ve seen how people write through reading, and I’ve been able to see other people’s perspectives on different issues,” said Rebekah. “I can learn about global issues through books people have written, and other historical things.” Through her role as a lifeguard at BSAC, Rebekah saw an opportunity to make an impact in our after-school program. By building a Readbox, she could encourage children to spend more time in the BSAC homework room, where we have a specialized teacher available for tutoring and help on assignments. They can now find and share new books they like, or contribute to the Readbox and bring books from home. “Kids look through books, and they can either read while in the homework room and put it back, take it home and bring it back, or they could even switch it out with another book they have at their house and keep the one they found here,” explained Rebekah. This project originally stemmed from her involvement in Girl Scouts for the past 13 years. The Readbox is her final project, which will help her earn the Gold Award. This project took more than three years [...]
Stowers BSAC Community Club went on a field trip to the local USPS office to tour their facility. They also spoke to postmaster Aaron about his day to day activities. It was such an eye opening experience for the young Stowers kids and they learned so many new things about the USPS Office.