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Youth club's debut nears

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Roger Harrell looks over the renovation work continuing at the new Boys & Girls Club that opens Monday.
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Years of work to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Bedford County will be realized when the club opens for children beginning Monday, according to Roger Harrell, area director for the club. A lottery will be used to select the first group of children to become members.

Work to complete renovation of the club building at 1055 Madison St. continues this week. The club will have three distinct activities areas in nearly 3,000 square feet of space, including a game room, arts and crafts room and learning resource center complete with computers.

The club will be open after school Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and during school holidays and breaks from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deadline for applications for the initial memberships is noon Saturday from students at five schools, according to Harrell.

Annual membership requires a fee of $20 and an after-school program fee of $20 per week. Parents can apply for financial aid, which is available on a limited basis.

The Bedford County School District will provide transportation to the club after school. However, due to the logistical issues, spaces are limited to 12 per school from the following schools: Eakin Elementary, East Side Elementary, Learning Way Elementary, Southside Elementary, Thomas Magnet School and Harris Middle School.

Boys & Girls Club staff will be accepting applications at the new building Thursday and Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Parents interested in financial aid must turn in their financial aid applications with their membership application.

All applications accepted prior to 12 noon on Saturday will be sorted by school. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, a lottery drawing will be held to determine the first 12 kids for each school. Those names drawn after the first 12 will be put on a waiting list in the order they are drawn.

Financial aid applications will be reviewed by a committee, which will determine the level of financial aid offered to each child, according to Harrell.

The first nine children selected at each school above will be eligible to attend the Boys & Girls Club Monday, March 21.

The remaining three, slots 10, 11 and 12 will not be able to attend until two weeks later on Monday April 4.

As the club's programs advance, it will be opened to more children, including students from Liberty, Community and Cascade, according to Harrell.

Once registered, a child's parent/guardian must attend a "parent orientation" before he or she can attend the club. The first parent orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m.

For more information and to obtain application forms, visit the Boys & Girls Club beginning Thursday, call (931) 735-6525 or e-mail bgcbedfordcounty@aol.com.

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This is a great Idea and I hope that it is a Christian learning atmosphere for the students. I also wonder if they are going to have local pastors come in and help out.

-- Posted by Christian1990 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 4:49 PM

Bravo,to the men and women who have opened their lives to helping kids have a safe place. with any luck there should be a limit on preaching to children as it tends to keep kids from wanting to be there to be safe and have fun without preaching. there are many CHURCH groups in the city already. ma

-- Posted by beachedtn on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 8:12 AM

Hope it is the start of something good. Some really dedicated folks have been involved in this.......

-- Posted by Black Swan on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 1:49 PM

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