New space for a new year

So­cial Cir­cle Boys and Girls Club re­mod­els with help from friends

The Covington News - - Local news - By Michelle Kim

The So­cial Cir­cle Boys and Girls Club re­ceived a lit­tle ten­der loving care Dec. 6 and 7 as club mem­bers, staffers and vol­un­teers came to­gether to re­paint and ren­o­vate the build­ing.

Over the two-day pe­riod, ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing vol­un­teers from Club Blue, spent count­less hours paint­ing the hall­ways in cheer­ful, vi­brant greens, pur­ples and reds, in an ef­fort to make the space friendly and invit­ing to club mem­bers, kids and their fam­i­lies.

“Even though we’re not com­pletely done with the project, you can see a dif­fer­ent light in the kids’ eyes. You can feel it be­longs to them now,” said SCBGC Di­rec­tor Krys­tal Wil­liams. “Words can’t ex­press how much this means to us as a club.”

The SCBGC, which be­gan al­most four years ago and now has 110 mem­bers, moved into the space in June of this year af­ter the foun­da­tion which rented them the fa­cil­ity found this space, which was more suit­able for a club. The club’s pre­vi­ous space had been shared with other groups on the week­ends for wed­dings and com­mu­nity events, but their new space is for the SCBGC alone.

“The new space that we have will al­low us to do more pro­grams and re­cruit more mem­bers,” said Wil­liams.

“It’s dif­fer­ent than what we had be­fore,” said Wal­ton County Boys and Girls Club Board mem­ber Becky Dally. “(The foun­da­tion) had an­other smaller fa­cil­ity that was more con­ducive to a club and al­lowed us to mod­ify it. It re­ally is their club now.” Dally was in­volved in start­ing the So­cial Cir­cle branch be­cause of the need for such pro­grams, she said.

“Our chil­dren were so much in need of a safe place and a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence af­ter school and in the sum­mers,” said Dally.

The sec­ond phase of the ren­o­va­tions will take place Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For in­for­ma­tion on how to help, con­tact club­blue­ser­vice@gmail.com or call (770) 464-0069.

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(Above) So­cial Cir­cle Boys and Girls Club mem­bers Jonathan Bel­monte and An­to­nio Hooks help paint the walls dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. (Be­low) Wal­ton County Boys and Girls Club Board Mem­ber Hal Dally in­spects a door at the SCBGC club­house.

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