Boys and Girls Clubs Set to Dedicate New Center

8 years 1 month 2 days ago Monday, November 15 2010 Nov 15, 2010 Monday, November 15, 2010 9:20:51 PM CST November 15, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia worked Monday to prepare for its new teen center's grand opening on Tuesday. The group informally opened the center a month ago. Mayor Bob McDavid and other officials will dedicate the building at the event. In the new center, kids in grades 6 through 12 can stay after school to stay out of trouble.

Kids are provided food, can play pool, video games and just hang out. But they aren't only biding their time until going home. The kids work on their schoolwork with the assistance of the staff.

"Most of the kids we serve have a single parent," said Valorie Livingston, the executive director of Columbia's Boys and Girls Clubs. "They're working and don't get off work until 5 or 6 o' clock. We want to provide a safe place."

Although the club recently received a new building, it still needs more. Livingston said that long term, the club will look at acquiring a gymnasium, which she believes is integral to keeping young boys out of trouble.

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