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Boys & Girls Clubs celebrate reopening anniversary

After a major reorganization, the Boys and Girls Club in Prescott and Prescott Valley have reopened.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

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In February of 2014, the Boys & Girls clubs in Prescott and Prescott Valley shut down to perform major reorganizations, reopening in May of that year. On Tuesday, May 5, the clubs celebrated the one-year anniversary of the reopening. But the future is also on the horizon as the clubs look to expand and grow.

Kristen Kerns, development coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona said that when the Prescott and Prescott Valley clubs reopened, there were 20 kids in the Prescott Valley location and five in Prescott. Kerns said that presently, both clubs have over 520 members with a daily average of more than 100 in Prescott Valley and more than 50 in Prescott.

And in the past year Kerns said that the area's Boys & Girls Clubs have gotten more visibility in the community.

"I feel like the whole community knows we're here," she said.

According to Kerns, the Boys & Girls Clubs accept all children and provides them a chance for academic success, character development and leadership, healthy choices and fun with a purpose. She said it keeps them from either roaming around or staying at home and being unproductive. And, she added, it's affordable and a child is never turned away.

Kerns said that the kids at the clubs get between 45 minutes to one hour of homework time, stating that since August 2014, more than 15,000 hours of homework have been completed.

"Parents like that," Kerns said. "Because they don't have to worry about their kids doing homework."

She also said the kids get at least one hour of physical activity, such as tag, dodgeball, kickball or basketball.

And while there wasn't a big celebration for the one year anniversary of the reopening, Kerns said that there was talk about how the clubs were doing and an update to the funders. But, the future is on the horizon.

Kerns said that there is expansion and growth in the future, such as expanding and finding a new location for the Prescott Valley club. That goal, she said, is a five year goal and is something that is in the beginning stages. There is also the desire to move or expand the Prescott location.

Kerns also spoke of the summer day camp that is expanding, mentioning that the Prescott location is opening up for it.

"It gives parents more options... while they're at work," she said and added that this year's day camp begins Tuesday, May 26.

And Kerns said that on the fourth Friday of every month at 4:30 p.m., the Boys & Girls Clubs open up for tours so parents can see what the clubs are all about.

The Boys and Girls Clubs are located at 335 E. Aubrey St in Prescott and 8201 E. Loos Drive in Prescott Valley. After school memberships are $40 per month, with discounts available based on income. For more information or a membership application, visit www.bgccaz.org.

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