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Big Year Ahead for White County Boys and Girls Club

The White County Boys and Girls Club is kicking off the new year with plans to purchase a bus.

Posted: Jan 6, 2019 8:54 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 6:24 PM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — The White County Boys and Girls Club is kicking off the new year with plans to purchase a 14-seater bus.

White County's Boys and Girls Club Unit Director Dan Fry said it’s all thanks to a $25,000 grant from North Central Health Services.

“It's a great organization, they worked with us and tried to find how they could best serve us with their funds,” said Fry.

Currently, Twin Lakes School Corporation provides students with after school busing to Woodlawn Community Center. Fry wants the new bus to help in providing more learning opportunities for the kids.

“The kids can be more mobile, we can get to different places to do field trips, do community service projects," said Fry. "Service projects are huge for us, we're gonna try to work with the parks department, nursing homes, the library."

Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board President, Jennifer Ousley said their mission is to be more than a place for after school care. They want to provide quality programming that teaches kids life lessons, and this bus is a step in that direction.

“There's a lot of children that haven't even been to the movies or out to dinner or just different things that we take for granted as adults and our kids sometimes take for granted," said Ousley. "We're getting to expose them to things that they might not see.” 

The White County Boys and Girls Club receives all their funding from the local United Way, Local Community Foundation and private donors. To be a member only costs $10 a year.

“It is very important to keep it at a nominal fee because it's affordable for all of our children, also, we don't have rates for different kids. We wouldn't want to segregate certain kids because they have more money or they have less money,” said Ousley.

As the club continues to grow, Ousley urges the community to continue to give.

“With that growing and with the van along comes gas and insurance and upkeep for the van so those are things that we ask our donors to continue to support out Boys and Girls Club of White County so that we can continue the good programming that we supply,” said Ousley.

White County Boys and Girls Club will host their first annual Steak and Burger Dinner in February 2019. 

You can become a member of the White County Boys and Girls Club by going to Woodlawn Community Center located at 300 S Beach Drive, Monticello, IN 47960 and filling out an application.

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