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Irving Recreation Center              After School Newsletter

November 2010

New Hours
Hours of operation will change for the season on Monday, November 1.

Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Important Dates

TUESDAY, NOV. 2 (ELECTION DAY) - NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM. Irving Recreation Center is a polling place.


THURSDAY, NOV. 11 (VETERANS DAY) - Irving Recreation Center will be CLOSED in observance of Veterans Day.

RECognized Student of the Month
RECognized Student of the Month - November 2010Irving Rec. Center is pleased to announce our November RECognized Student of the Month: Dylan M. Dylan can usually be found after school either in the IRC Homework Room, where he is an avid member, or playing pool with friends.  Dylan recently won first place in the rec. center's after school 8-Ball League.  Above all, Dylan was nominated by staff due to his friendly, respectful manner and excellent sportsmanship. Congratulations, Dylan!
LEGO Robotics
Irving Rec. Center will launch its third year of LEGO Robotics with an informational meeting after school Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 3:30.  This year our team will participate in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and plans to compete in the Nebraska FLL competition at the Strategic Air and Space Museum (Ashland, NE) in February.  For more information, check out our Video of the Month!

Positive Youth Development
Irving Recreation Center is dedicated to offering young people the supports and experiences necessary to grow up happy and successful. Each month's email from the Rec. Center will include ideas for how everyone can respond to the changes and challenges of raising our kids in positive, healthy ways. This month we consider the role SUPPORT plays in the lives of young people.


Supportive, healthy relationships make a big difference

Many studies over the years confirm that caring, supportive relationships with adults are critical for raising young people who are healthy and resilient. Support means freely giving young people love, affirmation, and acceptance; surrounding young people with caring families, guardians, friends, teachers, neighbors, and other adults; and helping young people know they belong, are not alone, and are both loved and lovable. Support is one of eight asset categories that make up Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets, the qualities, experiences, and relationships that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.


Here are the facts

Research shows that the more loving, supportive, and caring adults a young person knows, the more likely he or she is to grow up healthy. Search Institute has identified six assets in the Support category crucial for helping young people grow up healthy: Family Support, Positive Family Communication, Other Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood, Caring School Climate, and Parent Involvement in Schooling.


Tips for building these assets

Developing bonds with young people takes listening and giving of yourself as needed. Be patient. Different kids and situations call for different kinds of support. Comfort, encourage, and help young people. Or simply be there for them. Remember that support doesn't have to be big or loud to be meaningful.


What youth say about support at Irving Rec. Center

Of the 196 young people who completed participant surveys during 2009-2010, 95% reported getting along with at least one adult at the rec. center, and 92% reported feeling adults at the rec. center care about them (Source: 2009-2010 Youth Outcome Assessment).


Want to know more about the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas for helping young people build them? Visit
As always, let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.  Feel free to stop by the office to chat, give us a call (441-7954), or email (

Take care,

Dan Payzant
Center Director
Developmental Assets® are positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people. From Instant Assets: 52 Short and Simple E-Mails for Sharing the Asset Message. Copyright © 2007 by Search Institute®, 877-240-7251; This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.