William B. Ward Elementary

William B. Ward Elementary School

William B Ward Boys and Girls Club Site is a school unit operates under the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle. We are certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). This site maintains a one (staff) to ten ration (members). Programs and events are run within the school, utilizing rooms outdoor and indoor space, such as the multiple purpose room, band room, gym, computer lab and other classrooms. 

We offer programs aligned to Boys and Girls Club of America core program areas: Character and Leadership, Education and Career, Health and Life Skills, Sports, Fitness and Recreation and the Arts. At the beginning of the school year a club fair is held where we display all programs and model 15 minute activities to engage members and promote their program. Members get a chance to experience each program and gain knowledge on what each program entails. At the end of the program fair, members sign up for the programs they would like to participate in.

Members from all 6 grades collaborate and learn to play and interact. 5th graders and Torch club official work together to create a mentoring program, where they teach a new skill to younger members. We hold an annual winter talent show. Members from all grades participate and show their talents. Others help backstage, helping conduct the show. February is kindness month at BGCNR at Ward. Members perform a different act of kindness every day of the week in effort to earn kindness cards. Throughout the year staff and members work together to plan events that incorporate participation and attendance of family members. Our team at Ward work daily to create an environment in which members feel free to voice their opinion while being respectful. We cherish individuals collaborating to improve the club, in effort to create an optimal club experience. 

All 5 Boys and Girls club sites in New Rochelle work together to plan and execute new events that unify the community.

Betzally Espichan
Ward Site Director

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