Published On: Tue, Apr 12th, 2011

Cherokee Boys Club Report – week of April 11


Monday, April 18 – Health Screen – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 20 – Board of Directors Meeting – 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 21 – Safety Committee Meeting at Job Corps Library – 11:30 a.m.



Congratulations to Braves Baseball Players who have earned recognition on the All Western North Carolina Baseball Leaders List which includes 1-A, 2-A, 3-A and 4-A schools.  The following Braves were recognized in their respective categories: 

Batting Average – Troy Arch, John Roper, Skyler Bottchenbaugh, Corbin Wright and Jesse Blanton.  RBIs – John Roper.  Home Runs – Skyler Bottchenbaugh and Corbin Wright.  Strike Outs – Corbin Wright.


Come enjoy the Books Are Fun Book Fair at the Cherokee Boys Club Conference Room on Thursday, April 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday, April 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Products include children’s story books, cookbooks, general interest books, New York Times Bestsellers, stationery and scrapbooking, music collections, gifts for all ages, early learning products and children’s educational products. 

Don’t forget Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation.  Cash, credit and debit cards, checks and post-dated checks accepted.  The Cherokee Kiwanis Club will benefit from your purchases.


The following message was sent by Billie Jo Rich, Community Mobilization Coordinator for the Kituwah Academy following their trip to Tahlequah last week:

Hey guys. Just a quick note regarding the trip to Tahlequah, OK last week… our bus drivers, Jody Saunooke and Matt Moore, were courteous, polite, and professional. Our busload of precious cargo, our fluent speakers and elders, were in the best of hands with these two. I cannot tell you how thankful we are to have had them assigned to our trip. The Boys Club name is synonymous with quality, and these two drivers were exceptional.

Thanks so much from all of us:

KPEP staff, WCU representatives, and Cherokee Speakers Consortium members.

The Club thanks the Academy for the opportunity and experience.


With the end of school drawing near, students are anxious to get out and enjoy the warmer weather and may not be as careful about loading and unloading their buses each day.  The following tips for parents may prove helpful.

  • Have your child put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.
  • Have them wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.
  • Make sure they leave home on time so they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due.  Running can be dangerous.
  • If your children must walk in the road, tell them to walk single file and stay out of the roadways.
  • Have your children stop and look left, right and then left again if they must cross the road.  Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left. 
  • Don’t let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop – it is dangerous if there is traffic.
  • Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus.  The child will then be out of the way of traffic.  Have younger children practice taking five giant steps to become familiar with 10 feet.
  • When getting on and off the bus, warn children that if they drop something, they should never pick it up.  Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.  If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.
  • If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the road.  Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the road and forget safety issues.
  • While riding the bus, children should talk quietly, be courteous to the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.  Children should stay seated during the entire bus ride and keep the aisles clear.
  • Have your children cross the street in front of the bus when exiting the bus.  Never go behind the bus.
  • Tell your children to never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger.  Have them always go straight home and to tell you, the parent, if a stranger tries to talk to them or pick them up.