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Humboldt/Mayer Boys & Girls Club summer program at risk of closing; year-round program OK

One reason for low attendance may be that families can't afford the club's summer enrollment fees. A two-week session costs $65 for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with an optional $5 fee for early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. Per day drop-off charges are $8. Call Palmarozza at 925-3534 to get more registration information. The club is located at 2750 S. Corral Street in Humboldt.

People or businesses who want to help can sponsor a child by paying the session fee. Call Palmarozza to sponsor a child or to make a donation of any amount.

The children who are attending like going to the club to see their friends and to play games.

Nine-year-old Alexandra Phillimore of Spring Valley said if she didn't come to the club, she'd just be sitting around at home or playing with the neighbor kids.

"My friends are here and I get to play with them," Alexandra said.

Jessica Jacobson, 11, of Dewey, said she likes to play the games at the club, including a board game called Boggle. Site Coordinator Paula Rico oversees the Humboldt/Mayer club and often plays with the kids.

"I like to verse (challenge) Paula in Boggle," Jessica said.

Elizabeth Kitchen, 9, of Dewey, said she "gets to learn new things" and also likes to play pool and air hockey.

Her mom, Robin Baile, believes in the program and even helped start it three years ago.

"It's a great program for kids in this area," Baile said. "It's informative and inspiring, and offers social development with their peers during the summer. And the field trips are really fun."

The after-school program during the school year is not at risk of closing because it is well attended. About 75 children are members in the Humboldt club and 77 are in the Mayer club at Mayer Elementary School during the school year. The school-year fee costs only $25.

In addition, the club has received a $1,000 grant from Big Lots to make improvements in the club. Palmarozza will spend it on a reading library pit, bean bag chairs, computer supplies and hiring a certified art teacher and paying for art supplies.

Another need the club has are new vans to transport members on field trips. The Humboldt/Mayer club shares two old vans with the Prescott Valley club. Palmarozza said the clubs "desperately needs new vans," or at least a mechanic to offer free repair to the old ones.

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