The Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties had a busy summer and are ready for a good school year, according to organization members who spoke at a recent Kiwanis Club of Dalton meeting.
Kiwanian David Renz is a longtime supporter who has generously given time and money to the organization. Renz reminded those in attendance that the local club was started with just 50 kids in the gym at Fort Hill School.
"There was no air conditioning and no locker room," Renz said.
Robbie Slocumb, chief executive officer of the local organization, said ,"We have had continual learning during the summer."
Building on the realization that learning to read at third grade level is crucial to the future success of each person, Slocumb said the clubs are joining with local schools to help younger children. Participants in the programs also benefit from workforce development and are more likely to graduate from high school with their age group, he said.
Thanks to a local charitable grant, Boys & Girls Clubs will have four new passenger vans. The new vans will pick up at 14 different schools during the school week.
Slocumb said safety and protection of participants is taken very seriously. The facility on Underwood Road in Dalton has safety doors, the staff goes through background checks and there is a safety committee. He hopes to find funds to add security cameras to the center.