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Per directive from the Florida Department of Education, all public schools in Florida will be closed through April 15. This is primarily due to revised CDC guidelines limiting groups of people in any single location to 10 or less.
In the interim, starting Tuesday, March 24th, Marion County Public Schools will provide its 43,000 students with “Grab & Go” meal service including meals and a snack for each day schools are closed. While some sites will offer curbside service, others will be served with mobile delivery via school bus or Food Service vans.
BGCMCFL will be a Grab & Go site for any school-aged children.
Dunnellon Clubhouse * 9:30am – 10:00am
Ocala Clubhouse * 11:00am – 11:30am
Silver Springs Shores Clubhouse * 10:15am – 10:45am
For a detailed list of additional sites – click HERE!
It’s important that you know the safety and protection of the children of Marion County is the number one priority of BGCMCFL. We are doing everything possible to keep our Club members, staff, and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. We continue to monitor all updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Marion County Health Department for updated information. We are advising all staff, families, and youth members to take precautions as recommended by the CDC, and providing additional resources like handwashing guides, and information about how to talk to young people about the spread of COVID-19.
At this time all Marion County Locations will be open for Spring Break.
We will continue monitoring this situation diligently and will continue to operate as long as we are able to provide a safe environment for young people. As always, we place the safety of our youth and staff at the highest level. We will continue to update you as we know more. Be sure that you all are covering proper handwashing techniques with your members and spend some time reviewing the CDC’s guidelines for preventing and treating COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Wash your hands often:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- It takes an average of 11.8 seconds to sing the entire “Happy Birthday” song, so if you sing it twice, that will ensure you’ve scrubbed long enough. This is a great method to share with children in your family. While this measure is simple, it is effective.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Hundreds of runners came out to celebrate the annual Ocala Reindeer Run on Silver Springs Blvd. Thank you to CenterState Bank for their generous donation and for helping us pull it all together. We raised over $10,000! Thank you, sponsors, runners, and volunteers!
Thank you to the folks at Conrad Tree Service for hooking up one of our families with an entire Christmas! Complete with wrapping gear and a tree to put the presents under, this crew remembered everything. Happy Holidays!
The folks at Signature Brands really outdid themselves this year. They purchased, put together, and gave away, 8 bicycles to our Members! The kids were so excited to get their own set of wheels. Thank you, Signature Brands, for your continued support of our Clubs!
On November 8th, we saw the community come together to support #BGCMCFL and our members in a BIG way! To all the businesses and community members who purchased meals for the BBQ Bash, hosted by Brannen Bank in Dunnellon, along with Dunnellon Police Chief
Mike McQuaig, and School Board Representative Eric Cummings, we say THANK YOU!
We are so grateful for Chief McQuaig, Reverend Eric Cummings, Brannen Bank staff, Boys & Girls Club staff, and the ladies of the Dunnellon 360 who helped to promote ticket sales, cook food, and package and deliver over
250 delicious barbecue chicken dinners.
A special thank you for the generosity of our event supporters; their contributions of food, supplies, and promotional materials made it possible for all proceeds to go directly to the Club. Thank you to Dr. Carter Perkins, Bob Jewlett, Ink Spot Media, James Roberts, Art, Todd Walker and crew – we appreciate all you do to support the Club. Lastly, a BIG thank you to Mr. Rick Hancock whose generous donation of $10,000 allowed us to raise a grand total of $13,357.22!! We are looking forward to making this an annual event in Dunnellon and can’t wait for 2020!
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Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, Florida
Boys & Girls
$15 registration fee for non-members
Location: Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County
800 SW 12th Ave., Ocala, FL 34472
contact 352-690-7440 for more information.