PATERSON, NJ - An appreciation for good friends, teachers that help them learn, parents that love them, and, perhaps most importantly, an understanding of their own self worth, were all part of the positive affirmations “club kids” at the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic offered on Monday.

The activity helped kick off National Boys and Girls Club week in the city, part of a nationwide effort to celebrate the work of the organization that provides critical support of children including in education, health and wellness, and career readiness, through hundreds of clubs across the country. 

On hand to share in the positivity was Mayor Andre Sayegh, who with his wife Farhanna and three children at his side, also received appreciation for his efforts to make the children’s city better.

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Leslie, 8, asked Sayegh of his job was a hard one, a question that drew a quick “yes” and was followed by his own affirmation that despite the difficulty the work was “worth it, because Paterson is worth it.”

Sayegh’s visit and tour included stops in several rooms where, with homework time over children were, among other activities, participating in a dance class, practicing their coding, and playing basketball.

More than 650 children are served by the Boys & Girls Club in Paterson, CEO Wendy McGuire said, with all programming being focused on making “every child feel like a star.”


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