February 24, 2017 – The importance of after-school programs in a child’s education was the focus of a speech given by former U. S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County this Wednesday. Listening to the speech were dozens of students from Jefferson and Williams Elementary Schools who currently participate in the program. Ms. Rice shared with the students the importance of having a place to go after school that focused not only on academics, but the arts as well.
During the event, Ms. Rice was given a tour of the Boys & Girls club facility and learned about the District’s participation in the program from BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin. Deanna Clarke, BCSD Coordinator for After School Programs, was also in attendance. “It was so wonderful that our students had the opportunity to hear from such a successful and high profile personality for our nation and have her share her passion for after school programs and the benefits they offer to our students,” said Clarke.
Ms. Rice has been a public supporter of the after school programs of the Boys and Girls Club of America, specifically in the areas of fine arts, music, and dance. At the event, she was joined by Kevin McCarthy, Congressman and Majority Leader of the U. S. House of Representatives. Mr. McCarthy is a former student of BCSD who attended Noble Elementary and Washington Middle Schools.