The Boys & Girls Club of the Hatchie River Region held an open house last Monday before the official first day on Monday, Aug. 11. The new club, located at 412 Alston Circle in Covington, is headquartered in the Frazier Park gym.
According to chief professional officer Dr. Tracey Johnson, the club will provide education and career development, health and life skills, and artistic expression through crafts and arts programs. It has a goal of a 100 percent high school graduation rate for its club members.
“The club gives children a place to go to after school, somewhere to be involved and have fun learning," Johnson said. "I’ve heard parents say they are excited that the club is opening, because the club gives the children a safe place to come to and be involved.”
During the open house, students currently enrolled at the club were given backpacks and the public was allowed to tour the facility.
Preparing for the opening, extensive renovations have been underway, including new coats of paint, new furniture, lockers and even new polyurethane floors in the gym. The club boasts a game room, basketball, board games and computer games, and will offer classes in the creative arts, such as photography.
Johnson says she hopes this is the first of many clubs in the area.
“This is about improving the lives of children, which will then improve the community. Education is vitally important for our community to continue to grow and thrive,” said Johnson. “We’re here to make sure that happens.”
The club is open to children ages 5-18 who are enrolled in school. The club welcomes children from all over Tipton County, as well as other counties.
For more information in the club or how to volunteer, go to www.bgchrr.com.