The Boys and Girls Club of Augusta held an open house for their new administration building last Thursday in Augusta. Formerly, the administrative offices were located in classrooms of one of the club's downtown Augusta locations.
"So, by moving out, we not only could be more effective in our jobs, but more importantly, we could serve more kids and serve the kids at the club better," said Kam Kyzer, the executive director.
Boys and Girls Club of Augusta has four locations -- three in downtown Augusta and one in Thomson on Pecan Avenue in the Housing Authority neighborhood.
Sharon Meyers is the unit director of the Thomson club. McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton serves as the president of the McDuffie County Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.
Located on Milledge Road in Augusta, the new administrative building was donated by the University Health Care Foundation and is a former SunTrust Bank building. Ms. Kyzer said the open house was a drop-in that was attended by community members, partnering agencies, volunteers and donors. The program included a thank-you presentation to University Hospital.
Since they've moved into the new building, the former classrooms in the E.W. Hagler Club have been changed to a computer lab, a small-group activity room and a tutoring room.
"We'll miss the kids," Ms. Kyzer said. "We have to go out to see them now, instead of seeing them every single day. But, it is much quieter and it is much easier to talk on the phone than it was."
The Thomson Boys and Girls Club program began in 1997 as a project of a Leadership McDuffie class, according to Mr. Newton. A Community Development Block Grant was used to build the current facility, which boasts a large gym with bleachers and several small classrooms.
In September 2008, construction began for a new teen center addition to the Thomson facility. The Boys and Girls Club of Augusta serves more than 2,000 children in McDuffie County each year, Ms. Kyzer said.
The Boys and Girls Clubs provide five programs for youth ages 6-18, according to Boys and Girls Club officials. Power-hour homework sessions enhance their education and career development. Sports and recreation programs allow the children to use their energy in a positive manner. And the character and leadership program teaches responsibility.
For more information, contact the Boys and Girls Club of Thomson at (706) 595-7477.