Councilman Small and Director Zoghby, as well as a small Boys & Girls Club member, welcomed the crowd. Delana Roberts, site director, gave a short rundown on the program's activities, and Betty Fowler, a member of the Gilliard Boys & Girls Club board of directors, was praised for her "persistence in making the program as reality."
The very respectful, well-mannered and articulate boys and girls demonstrated what they had learned, everything from the effects of Hurricane Katrina to Greek mythology (think Pandora's Box) and from math facts to cooking and engineering.
Jackie Montgomery led the cooking class and said that the girls had learned how to make shish kabobs, healthy trail mix, salad-on-a-stick and an ice cream cake. They also created cute, personalized aprons to wear in the kitchen.
Elise Phillkips of Airbus Engineering Department told of her company's involvement in the summer reading program and employees' commitment to supporting the schools nearest them at the Brookley complex, i.e. Gilliard Elementary, Palmer Pillans Middle and B.C. Rain High schools.
The afternoon program ended with the awarding of certificates and a cake-and-ice-cream party.