To meet the growing demand for out-of-school programming for youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) is partnering with the Griffin School District to open its eighth Boys & Girls Club branch location at Griffin School.
This partnership expands support and wrap-around services for youth and their families served in the district.
Registration for Club members will begin the week of Sept. 27 with membership capacity consistent with current WA State Department of Health guidelines for serving children during COVID-19. Long-time Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Club leader Heather Harris has been named the new Griffin Branch Director.
This new agreement allows BGCTC to lease space at Griffin School, 6530 33rd Avenue, NW, Olympia beginning 2021-22 academic school year. The Griffin Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County will utilize space encompassing the cafeteria, adjacent classrooms, partial school concourse along with the outdoor playground area and structures. The Griffin Boys & Girls Club will serve about 50 Kindergarten-8th grade students per day and offer before and after-school programs.
Students attending the Griffin Club will have access to a range of activities including academic tutoring and support, a game room, computer lab, art room, and the outdoors.
Programs and activities designed for these spaces support the Boys & Girls Clubs program outcome areas; Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Citizenship. “I have had the privilege of visiting multiple Boys & Girls Club locations and I have seen them in action. Their staff is amazing and the services they provide for kids are something we are so grateful to bring to Griffin. I have no doubt that our families will come to appreciate what a great opportunity this is for Griffin students,” said Superintendent Greg Woods.
“This isn’t before and after school daycare, it is so much more than that. This is going to be a great place for our K-8 kids to learn and grow as an extension of the school day," Woods added.
“Community partners like the Griffin School District are vital to our mission of inspiring youth to realize their greatness,” said BGCTC COO Shellica Trevino. “Utilizing space at Griffin School means we can serve more youth,
provide fun and meaningful programs, and serve as an extension of the school day for more kids and families who need us.”
Visit the Griffin Branch Facebook Page for updates on registration and enrollment.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
Since 2001, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County has worked to inspire and enable youth to realize their greatness. As a youth-serving organization, we provide youth with opportunities for great futures through safe places,
caring mentors, and life-enhancing programs focused on academics, healthy, and leadership.
Nearly 3000 youth and teens find safety and support each day at our Clubs in Lacey (2), Olympia, Rochester, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm and now the Griffin School during critical out of school time. Low membership fees, scholarships, and community support from individuals and businesses keep the Club accessible to youth who need us most.
Every day the Clubs in Thurston county see a unique cross-section of Thurston County’s nearly 3,000 Club members:
71% are under age 12; 41% identify as people of color; 59% identify as white; 50% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and 44% live in single-parent households.
The above was provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.
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