(T-G Photo by Mitchell Petty)
For more than 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have celebrated this week in a variety of ways to support their goal of helping all children achieve a great future.
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray was joined by BGCBC Area Director Roger Harrell and several of the club's members Thursday to announce the proclamation locally.
BGCBC celebrates its one-year anniversary this week. Flyers have been distributed to county schools highlighting events.
All week, the club is holding a daily open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Club kids, alumni and others will tell visitors how it has transformed their lives and enriches the community every day.
Highlights will include a good character and citizenship theme on Tuesday, when visitors can see firefighters, police officers and military personnel.
On Wednesday, April 18 they will acknowledge healthy lifestyles by hosting a kickboxing and cardio class. The afternoon of Friday, April 20 is sure to be a big day with inflatables and a cookout to follow. Saturday's open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since they were given the property on Madison Street, the board of directors for BGCBC has been very busy. Renovations to the old Pizza Inn building took close to four months, and they haven't stopped since.
The field behind the club has been leveled out and expanded. They've put up a fence around the property that will soon be upgraded into a privacy fence. And the final touches are being put on a grant that will help pay for parking lot resurfacing and landscaping.
Probably the biggest upgrade will see the club owning their first bus. Murfreesboro native and David Price, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, presented the club with a check for $12,500 from his Project One Four charity which served as the main funding for the bus.
Survey flyers will be distributed to Community, Liberty and Cascade to determine what schools the bus will service. The club is encouraging parents to respond if they want their school and students serviced.
Also noted by the club was its new rate structure. It is based on the number of family members with their income to be scaled against the federal poverty guidelines in order to provide the most fair pricing.
This sliding scale should help most families, and will prove to be much cheaper than daycare.