Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week

The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County is joining with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of our program during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 22-26, 2018.

We believe our afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of the young people at our Club. We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking our team of afterschool professionals for their service to our Club and the students they help.

Why is it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?

An estimated 10.2 million children participate in an afterschool program each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility on the estimated 850,000 of professionals who are making a difference in the lives of our children. 

What is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a joint effort of community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers, and individuals who have committed to dedicating time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals serving children in programs and organizations across the nation.

Who is an Afterschool Professional?

An Afterschool Professional is someone who works with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Currently, there is an estimated 850,000 afterschool professionals in the US.

How can I thank an Afterschool Professional?

  • Write a post on social media, tag our Club in it and use the hashtag “#heartofafterschool”

  • Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to an afterschool professional in your life

  • Send an email to an afterschool professional or their supervisor describing why that person is appreciated

April 22 - 26, 2019 is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week! This event recognizes those who work with and on behalf of youth during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations encouraging people to thank the afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people.

BGCWC Announces New Executive Director

Hello Parents and Club Members,

I wanted to take a brief moment to introduce myself to you as your new Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. This great opportunity allows me to return home to the county in which I live and serve the community I love!  After 22 years of experience in public education and the last 9 years as an elementary principal, it was time for a change.

My husband Randy Burnworth and I share a small farm in Whipple, Ohio. I have a daughter who works with horses and is currently working the summer in Alaska. Randy has three children who have blessed us with five grandchildren and numerous fur-babies. Outside of work, I am a member of the Marietta Noon Lion’s Club, enjoy working with the many animals on our farm including horses and goats, and enjoy hunting.

Angie, Garrett, Jenna and the rest of the staff have been so welcoming as I settle in to my new position. I have an open door policy and welcome you in to say hi or to talk about ways we can help the Club together. It is true that “Great Futures Start Here” as I continue the next chapter of my career serving children and families in and around Washington County.


Sincerely Yours,

Rebecca “Becca” Johnson