On June 15th, Pheasant Run Boys and Girls Club staff members greeted 27 children for the first day of summer programming. By August 8th, the Club had worked with 87 different community members ages 6-18, and was frequently seeing upwards of 40 attendees per day.
Working as the Site Lead at Pheasant Run this summer was full of high notes. In terms of raw numbers, we exceeded a 50-member enrollment goal and 35-member average daily attendance goals. What truly resonated with the staff, however, were the days when children like 9-year-old LouAnthony Armistead would ask us to stay into the school year—an unlikely request, considering that we spent up to two hours a day working on academic programming. Pheasant Run attended a Team Smile free dental care event at Nationwide Arena and meet the Blue Jackets mascot, and seeing children excited about getting cavities filled will certainly stick with us. Our teen group participated in résumé writing workshops and later in mock interviews at Bank of America, Nationwide Insurance, and Huntington Bank. When 12-year-old James Settle returned from his Huntington interview to announce that he had received two separate awards in the follow-up session at the end—competing against every other eligible Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus teen—I was far prouder than when we enrolled our 50th member.
Saying goodbye to the children of Pheasant Run was extremely difficult, but I know that the community there is strong and the members we worked with this summer will continue to thrive. The staff at Pheasant Run, myself included, cannot thank Homeport and the families of Pheasant Run enough for the opportunity to help our members further develop their potential.