(Newport News, VA) November 5, 2020 –Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula’s Greater Hampton Roads Club hosted a virtual “Lunch and Learn” with Virginia’s First Lady, Pamela Northam this afternoon.
More than 50 members of the Club had the opportunity to ask the First Lady questions while both Northam and the children conversed over their respective lunches (soup for her; chicken nuggets and chocolate milk for the kids.) President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the VA Peninsula, Hal Smith, introduced Mrs. Northam, welcoming her to one of BGCVP’s Club Academy’s. “Our Club Academy’s are open Monday through Friday 7:30 am until 6:00 pm. In addition to the programming and activities that BGCVP has conducted for nearly 75 years, our Academy’s offer help with homework and high speed WiFi. We also provide meals and snacks to ensure that our members have the tools to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”
During the question and answer segment, Hunter, age 9, who attends Duttrow Elementary, asked Northam what her favorite subject was in school, as his is Library. “Hunter, I really liked library too because reading is a great thing to do. It can take you anywhere… just like the ladies from the movie Hidden Figures… they made it possible for us to go to the moon. I also liked science. I was a science teacher for 10 years.”
Deon, age 7 and a student at the Discovery Stem Academy, asked the First Lady if she ever got lost in “that big house” and continued with “I want to be a Governor one day when I grow up.” Northam spoke of how a Governor was “kind of like a principal for a state. The Governor cares an awful lot about all of the people that live in our Commonwealth.”
“Early childhood educators, and organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, are truly the unsung heroes of this pandemic,” said Mrs. Northam. “They have adapted quickly to new health and safety guidelines and have kept outbreaks remarkably low, while allowing parents to remain in the workforce.”