The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will be expanding their services in Milford and Lincoln at the beginning of the new school year in September to include school sites at Banneker and Mispillion Elementary Schools and Morris Early Childhood Center. The new partnership with the Milford School District will allow the B&G Club to provide a larger number of families with student development, homework assistance and character building opportunities.
“This will allow us to serve more children than we are currently serving in our Club on Delaware Veterans Boulevard,” said Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Director Tod Van Eyken. “Children at the school sites will receive the same quality programming that we offer at the Club, providing a meal, homework assistance, self-directed education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as well as the Arts.”
Following each school day, students at Banneker and Mispillion Elementary Schools will continue their afternoon at their respective school until 5:30pm. The program at Morris Early Childhood Center will serve children in the morning, before school beginning at 6:30am. The program benefits both students and their families as students have time to begin school work with the assistance of school staff if needed. Following homework, programs are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Students at the school sites will also be able to take part in programming at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club off Airport Road in Milford, DE. The facility includes a full size gymnasium, computer lab, multiple classrooms, the Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center and is located next to the Can-Do Playground in Tony Silicato Park.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware serves over 30,000 youth across the state. Every day, thousands of kids head to the Clubs and School Sites after school where they experience the five elements of positive youth development: a safe, positive environment; fun; supportive relationships; opportunities and expectations; and recognition. For every $1 spent with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, $13.91 is generated through positive economic impact in the economy in Delaware.
“The Boys & Girls Club is directly impacting one out of every seven children in Delaware,” said Sharon Gump, Regional Director of School Sites. “We have positive impacts not only on those families but the communities we serve as a whole. The school sites allow us to expand and reach many more families throughout Delaware.”
According to school officials, they have heard of children as young as second grade walking home to be alone until parents come home from work. These new B&G Club school sites will allow parents to have another option that will help their student develop mentally and physically.
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