Agreement allows Boys & Girls Club to help parents, school with new four-day school week

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Aden Muniz-Van Dam eyes his next shot while playing around on the pool table of the Boys and Girls Club of Glenrock at Glenrock Recreation Center Aug. 3. Coming up at the start of the school year, the club will move to its new home at Glenrock Intermediate School to help with the four-day school week the school district recently adopted.

Mike Moore

Students huddle around a small circular table with their heads down, buried in a plastic tub filled with hundreds of melty beads, carefully selecting colors to create unique designs to take home with them. Across the room, Aden Muniz-Van Dam takes his time lining up perfect shots on the pool table, smiling from ear to ear as the table clears.
For a short period of time, youngsters will continue utilizing the space at Glenrock Recreation Center, but once the school year starts their commute to the club will be much, much shorter.
When students head back to school on Aug. 20, the Boys and Girls Club will officially begin operations out of Glenrock Intermediate School. The reasoning behind the move is to supplement the new four-day school week that begins this school year.
According to Converse County School District No. 2 Superintendent Coley Shadrick, having the club on district property and open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday will not only give students a safe place to be, but will also help working parents.
“We realize that parents work Monday through Friday and our new school week is a burden on working parents,” Shadrick said in a news release. “It is paramount to us at the district that parents have a safe place for their children who are not old enough to be left alone. Having this relationship with the Boys & Girls Club is critical to ensure that Glenrock youth have positive and engaging supervision while they are not with their parents or guardians.”
He says the school district is very excited for the partnership moving forward with the condensed school week.
“We’re so grateful they’re doing this,” he said. “It’s going to be a huge asset as we transition to a new calendar.”
The move has its perks for the club as well. By moving spaces, they will acquire the use of a swimming pool, auditorium and numerous classrooms, the old shop room and space they don’t have at Glenrock Community Recreation.
“It’s a big space with a lot of new stuff,” Glenrock Branch Director Jenny Goodman said. “I think everyone is excited. . . we are changing it up a bit.”
Goodman noted that the move could also bring in additional middle school students, which have traditionally been harder to pull into the club.
“The new space is going to be huge,” she said. “We will have different activities and the programming will be new, different and exciting.”
The move allows for convenience and safety as students will be bused directly from Grant Elementary after school.  The Club will be open after school until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 am – 6 pm on Fridays, according to a release.
Cost to attend is $20 per month per child, plus $10 annual membership. Financial assistance is available to families who may need it.


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