Kids Club – Gavin
Startzville student Gavin first came to Kids Club as a second grader in school year 2019/2020. He was referred to Kids Club by his teacher. When Gavin came to Kids Club, he struggled academically, but Startzville Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson noticed that Gavin had a hunger to learn. She worked with him one-on-one during their Team Time homework hour.
Finishing his first year at Kids Club, Jennifer shared that Gavin did not enroll in Kids Club this school year due to a planned move out of the school zone. Plans changed and Gavin’s family did not end up moving. When his teacher learned that Gavin hadn’t enrolled in Kids Club, he told Jennifer “he desperately needs you.” On Gavin’s first day back at Kids Club, he was all smiles. Jennifer told him, “I am so glad you are back.” He replied, “me too.”
This February, Gavin’s attitude and behavior began to change, he was struggling. Jennifer stayed in communication with both his teacher and his dad. Following discussion with Gavin’s dad, Gavin once again started to show improvement. Gavin’s teacher shared with Jennifer that his grades were improving. On April 5, Jennifer noticed he was more engaged than usual during PowerHouse (chapel time). He made the decision to accept the Lord into his heart that day. The Kids Club team celebrated with him. Following his decision, Jennifer and Gavin started a 10-minute Bible Study on Mondays. Gavin comes to Kids Club with a smile, a good attitude, and listens carefully to his leaders. He spends Team Time homework hour reading a book and/or completing homework. Jennifer celebrates Gavin’s accomplishments. “Gavin is doing very well, I am so proud of him.”
Kids Club, a program of New Braunfels Christian Ministries, partners with local schools, volunteers and families to affirm God-given value and multiply possibilities together. Kids Club helps students grow academically, expand life skills, and develop Godly character through school year programming at Kids Club main campus, four school-based sites (Morningside, Goodwin Frazier, Startzville and Freiheit). Kids Club’s will launch a new summer day camp in June 2021. Kids Club is grateful for United Way’s continued support. United Way has financially supported Kids Club since 2010.