Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:43 PM by KXLF Media Center
The Boys and Girls Club in Butte had a site approved for their facility last Wednesday, according to Monica Poole-Lillyblad, resource officer for the Boys and Girls Club.
The Boys and Girls Club of America approved the old Butte Central Junior High building, at 400 E. Park Street.The club will be located on the top floor of the building, according to Lillyblad. There are five classrooms, which can hold about 30 kids. The entire facility could accommodate between 150 to 200 students.
"Kids that are 6 to 18 will have a safe environment to grow and flourish all in Butte, which right now we don't have," Lillyblad said. "As a mom of a 6 and 9-year-old I really want to see that happen."
The building is currently operated by a non-profit math and engineering program for high school seniors called, Energy and Environmental Research and Technology. Lillyblad said she is excited about a potential partnership with the non-profit.
There is not a date set for the opening of the Boys and Girls Club. That date is dependent on funds, Lillyblad said. The Boys and Girls Club recently received $20,000 from the Mill Levy Grant and the club has $14,500 from outside grants, both being used for rent of the facility. The club is asking the community for donations to support staff programs.
Donations can be made at the Ed Tech Federal Credit Union. Any donation over $1,500 will receive a thank you in the form of a framed print watercolor by local Butte artist Mary Poole.
If the Boys and Girls Club raises the needed funds, it hopes to open its' doors in late February.