Joplin Boys and Girls Club Sees Increase in Summer Program Attendance

Published 06/09 2014 06:06PM

Updated 06/09 2014 08:10PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Bailie Griffiths was one of the more than 250 kids at the Boys and Girls Club on Monday. She's been busy on the first day of the summer program.

"Play games on the computer, write," said Baelie Griffiths, Attends Summer Program.

The development director says the program has grown significantly in the past five years. This year there are 280 kids enrolled.

"We've never had a waiting list for our summer program. We maxed out our summer program and are now on a waiting list," said Mackenzie Garst, Boys and Girls Club Director.

Staff say one of the reasons for their growth is the community support.

"They see the impact that we're building with these kids. These are the kids that are at risk of not graduating high school, of living in poverty, of things like that. So we're joining in with our community to alleviate that stress and make sure these kids graduate high school," said Garst. 

Jordan adams says he would just be at home if he wasn't involved with the boys and girls club. His favorite part of the program is art class.

"I can express all my drawings that somebody actually likes and show them to a teacher, and she'll probably be proud," said Jordan Admas, Attends Summer Program.

The eleven hour a day program for kindergarten through high school kids offers activities like crafts, reading, and games. There's one activity that is a favorite of Griffiths.

"Playing tag and jump rope. We like to play tag, play tag outside," said Griffiths. 

Staff say they keep their doors open late for parents who need to work extra hours.

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