Renaissance Academy Launches Boys’ Club Game Day

Renaissance Academy Launches Boys’ Club Game Day
Posted on 04/15/2013
This is the image for the news article titled Renaissance Academy Launches Boys’ Club Game DayPHOENIXVILLE, PA ---On Saturday, April 13, Renaissance Academy Charter School hosted its first ever Boys’ Club Game Day. Renaissance boys in grades 3-6 were invited to attend and encouraged to bring along a male family member or adult family friend who they consider to be a good role model. The purpose of this club is to afford the boys an opportunity to come together and enjoy time with each other, family members, and male teachers. It is the organizers hope that these interactions will build relationships, while fostering a positive outlook and strong self esteem in the boys.

There were over 50 participants who joined in the fun including students, fathers, and staff members, as well as members of the Renaissance Academy varsity baseball team. From 3-6 pm, the game day attendees played wiffle ball, flag football, basketball, ultimate dodge ball, and rode bikes. The day was enjoyed by students and adults alike. Ignacio Ortiz, 5th grade student said that while his favorite activity was the flag football game, “the best part of the day was that the baseball team and different teachers were there to be such good role models.” He said that he definitely wants to participate in the next event.

The Boys’ Club Game Day was formed by a group of male staff members at Renaissance. One of the club originators, Dan Rufo, 5th and 6th Grade Lead Teacher said, “After discussions during a school wide task force meeting, we saw a need to foster stronger and more positive relationships within our male population. We decided that we would start the club with this age group and then expand to more grade levels with outings and age specific activities.”

Along with Mr. Rufo, the club was founded by Renaissance staff members Manny Savignano, Science Teacher; David Cosme, Achievement Director; Chris Mackin, Building Substitute Teacher; Craig Gibson, Student Support; and Erik Ness, High School History and Varsity Baseball Head Coach. Mr. Ness was extremely proud of his baseball players, stating that “they immediately stepped up and embraced the opportunity to play a role in the futures of younger Renaissance boys.” Renaissance Academy 11th grader and varsity short-stop, Timothy Dooner said, “It was great to get a chance to work with the different age groups and to see them all having so much fun.”

Mr. Rufo was extremely pleased with the way the day turned out. He said, “We have already received emails and Facebook comments expressing how excited the boys were and hopeful of another day.” Renaissance Academy is planning to have another Boys’ Club event
soon.