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The Polk County Boys & Girls Club held a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the future site of their new building.

The Polk County Boys & Girls Club held a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the future site of their new building.

The Boys & Girls Club is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a safe and comfortable environment where children are given a solid foundation in leadership, community involvement, and the pursuit of higher education. The program caters especially to kids who would otherwise be without supervision after school or in the evenings while their parents work.

Currently the Boys & Girls Club rents space from a Church building that it has since outgrown. The new building will be located next to the Benton Branch of the Polk County Health Department and allow the Club to better provide for kids. The construction of this building was made possible by a land donation from the County, a $103,000 grant from USDA Rural Development, as well as a low-interest loan of $300,000.

The new space will contain a computer lab, education and game rooms, a teen room, a kitchen and dining area, a parent lounge, and office space for staff. It will also include a state-of-the-art security system for the safety and security of the children.

David Collett, Rural Development Area Director said, “Providing opportunities for the children to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing atmosphere is vital to the growth of our local communities. Making investments like these gives the parents of these children peace of mind knowing their children are safe while they are working.”

Cindy Hooker, Director of the Polk County Boys & Girls Club, explained this new space will help the organization reach more students than ever before. She thanked local officials and area businesses, as well as representatives from the State and Washington who helped make this possible.

This December will mark the 6th year the Boys & Girls Club has been in operation in Polk County. With their new building, they hope to have many more.


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