The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County and Marco’s Pizza will work together to enhance youth development and recognition of youth success within Lexington and Thomasville, according to a release.
Each month, a youth member of the Boys & Girls Club will be selected as “Marco’s Great Futures Youth of the Month” for his or her excellence in academics and conduct. This youth club member will receive a free pizza, a tour of the restaurant where the pizzas are made and be recognized within the Boys & Girls Club among his or her peers, as well as in the newspaper and social media. Family Video will also give each honoree a free movie rental.
To further promote and support club programs, Marco’s Pizza will hold “Marco’s Pizza Boys & Girls Club Nights” on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. Ten percent of sales earned on these two days will be donated back to the Boys & Girls Club to enhance initiatives such as the Power Hour homework and tutoring program.
The Power Hour program and a summer reading program called Brain Gain are credited for recently helping the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County attain the highest GPA improvement scores on member report cards out of any Boys & Girls Club in the North and South Carolina division.
Executive Director Brandon Lomax said he believes the collaborative effort will showcase the positive results of what happens when the community invests in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.
“Quality youth programming combined with strong community support is a great recipe for productive youth development outcomes," Lomax said. "Any success in youth development we’ve ever had as an organization is a result of God blessing us with someone in the community with a caring heart to support us in our efforts. Just as in years past, a village is needed to raise and prepare a child for success. So I am very excited and thankful to know that Marco’s Pizza wants to play a major role in ensuring the successful futures of these precious young people."
Makayla Trent, general manager for Marco's Pizza, said she looks forward to supporting the Boys & Girls Club because the business sees an opportunity to invest in programming that makes a difference.
"Whether through inspiring academic success or good conduct, we are just thankful to play such a supporting role in these kids' lives," Trent said. "We also look forward to seeing the fruits of this initiative firsthand through all the little smiling faces that will enter our doors to pick up their pizzas."
Anyone interested in finding out more information concerning the “Marco’s Pizza Boys & Girls Club Nights” or the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club’s after-school or summer day camp programs may call (336) 249-0336 ext. 25 for the Lexington unit or (336) 472-7800 ext. 2 for the Thomasville unit.
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