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Congratulations Erin and Jaiden,

National Winners of the Summer Brain Gain

“Make Good Reads Happen” Contest

sponsored by Staples!


Erin , an 11-year old member of Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, (white shirt) stands with Fran Hurley, President of Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest, left, State Rep Kate Hogan, center, and State Senator James Eldridge, right, as she celebrates her accomplishment as a national winner of the “Make Good Reads Happen” contest. To honor Erin, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest hosted a reading celebration event on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 in Hudson, Mass. Supported by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Staples, the “Make Good Reads Happen” contest invited Club youth to bring their favorite book to life from BGCA’s Summer Brain Gain: READ! program. (Gretchen Ertl/AP Images Boys & Girls Clubs of America)                    during a "Make Good Reads Happen" event at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Manassas Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 in Manassas, Va. (Kevin WolfAP Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America)

Erin                                                   Jaiden

In support of the Summer Brain Gain: READ! program, BGCA and Staples launched the “Make Good Reads Happen” contest, a national competition that invites young people participating in the program to use their imagination and creative to bring their books to life.


Check out Erin’s winning movie submission

and Jaiden’s winning photo entry below!


Erin – 6th Grade, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest

“Make Reading Happen”

I chose “As Small as an Elephant” by Jennifer Jacobson. In my ending, Jack is reunited with his mother after being arrested, then she gives Jack a surprise gift. I like my ending better because Jack is reunited with his family and gets new pet animals. The Summer Brain Gain: READ! program has taught me a few valuable lessons, including the importance of getting your summer reading done and being able to work together with my friends who helped in the play. Lastly, and most importantly, I learned that reading and learning can be fun!



Jaiden– 4th Grade, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

“Make Courage Happen”

I chose “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. I chose this book because it inspired me to have courage. I picked the lion to dress up from the book. The Lion helps Dorothy find the Wizard. He had lots of courage to help her. He is ferocious. I feel strong as the lion. It helps me when I play sports. The Summer Brain Gain: READ! program has been super fun! Reading helps me with everything I do. When I read in the summer it helps me get ready for the next grade.




In addition, celebrations were held at both Club sites.

Check out some highlights from each event.

Thank you Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples!

Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest Reading Celebration Event Highlights

Photo Credits: Gretchen Ertl/AP Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington Reading Celebration Event Highlights

Photo Credits: Kevin Wolf/ AP Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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