In August, Taylor hopes to have a Boys and Girls Club based in the Northside Elementary campus.
Earlier this week, the Taylor ISD board of trustees unanimously agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas (BGCTX), which will designate the Northside Elementary Campus on Dellinger Road as the new home for Boys and Girls Club of East Williamson County.
“Providing opportunities for our youth and families in Taylor has to be a priority,” said Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown. “The Boys and Girls Club provides educational opportunities for our youth and a safe, nurturing environment for one our students who are at risk.”
According to a press release from BGCTX, this decision represents a culmination of months of hard work by local civic leaders and youth development professionals.
“Currently Texas is in an early childhood literacy crisis and the boys and girls club will partner with Taylor ISD to help our youngest students overcome that crisis,” Brown said.
Daniel Anstee, the BGCTX Area Director, highlighted how local youth face constant and growing levels of adversity and challenges.
“Boys & Girls Clubs are equipped to help the local youth overcome the obstacles life throws their way and to set them on a path to a great future,” said Anstee. “Community partnerships are crucial in empowering youth to reach their highest potential.”
Beginning in August, the Club will operate Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Club volunteer leaders anticipate an annual membership fee of $25.
During the summer, the Club will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and assess a summer membership fee of $10 per month.
"Many of our kids would greatly benefit from productive activities outside of school hours. We have the facilities and as evidenced by the Board's vote we are gladly willing to partner with an organization capable of providing just that," said Thomas Rohlack, Taylor ISD board secretary.
Local children ages 6 to 18 years old will have the opportunity to engage in fun and productive activities every day at the Club. Healthy snacks and warm meals are also provided on a daily basis. Dedicated and trained staff will provide a consistent positive environment while providing nationally tested enrichment programs that cover a wide range of interests. Club programming is centered on three priority outcomes including academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and leadership.
“The Boys and Girls club will provide another option for after school activities for the kids in our community,” said Cheryl Carter, Taylor ISD assistant secretary. “This will allow them to choose what best fits their needs.”
The Boys and Clubs programs at the Northside campus are not expected to interfere with school activities during the day.
“Northside was chosen because it is an under utilized facility that is versatile and can accommodate EC through 12th grade students in the programming that boys and girls club provides,” he said.
The Boys and Girls Club of East Williamson County will operate as an entity of Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas. This regional organization operates 28 Club sites across Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Georgetown, Harker Heights, Killeen, Lampasas, Marlin, Nolanville and Waco. Collectively, BGCTX serves 12,400 members over approximately 5,700 square miles throughout six counties.