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Kids flock to Boys and Girls Clubs
With eight different locations, there are endless opportunities for children and teens at the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia.

From healthy snacks and meals to recreational activities and homework help, the clubs work together to provide a safe place for children to socialize and grow.

Anywhere from 215 to 300 children spend their after-school time at the Terrill Thomas facility in Brunswick, the largest Boys and Girls Club unit in the county, said center director Kim Raines.

"We provide a snack and dinner, homework tutoring, social recreation, as well as workshops on health, life, citizenship and leadership skills," Raines said. "We also have a technology lab and art room, and a local ceramics artist comes in three times a week to make pottery with the kids."

Each unit has a different start up fee and weekly membership fee, which pays for everything, including food and homework help. Raines says club members are actually bussed from their base schools to the club every day, so parents don't even need to drop them off.

Just a few minutes away from the Terrill Thomas Center is the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center, open to a bit more mature crowd. Here, just $25 a month pays for tutoring, career prep classes and enrichment groups on everything from health to culinary arts.

T.J. Andrews, unit director for the Teen Center, says the school year is an excellent time for teens to come spend time at the facility and take advantage of a variety of opportunities.

Not only can students enrich themselves academically, but there are also video and board games, foosball and pool tables. The center also features a student-run restaurant they can work and eat at, as well as attend special events like dances on Friday and Saturday nights.

Andrews says the facility is open until 8 p.m. weekdays usually, with anywhere from 80 to 100 kids Mondays through Fridays and almost 200 on the weekends.

All Boys and Girls Club sites and the Teen Center will kick-off their 21st Century Grant programs in September. Through this program, students spend the first part of their after-school time getting homework help, tutoring and more at their base school. They then go to one of the clubs to relax.

Ninth- through 12th-grade students who join the 21st Century Grant program get a free membership to the Teen Center.

For individual club prices, visit the website at apositiveplace.net.

SBlt Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.



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