Boys and Girls Club’s mission is to help youngsters

by Marie Rodriguez

The Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club is continually impacting the lives of young human beings within the community, according to its govt director,

Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Ben Shuman appeared before the commission on Monday to talk about the services it presents.

Last week, the fee passed a decision recognizing National Boys and Girls Club Week in Wood County.

”The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is we’re right here for the youngsters in our community to ensure they become efficient people and have a brilliant course to their destiny,” Shuman said.

The organization has around 1,000 children be part of the club every 12 months, Shuman stated. On any given day, eighty-100 kids are at the membership all through after-school time.

Around ninety percent of these kids come from Wood County.

Over the summertime, as soon as college is out, they anticipate being serving around two hundred children on each day foundation. They can be open 8 a.M. To 6 p.M. For the duration of that point.

From eight:30 a.M. To ten:30 a.M. The club will be doing mastering-loss-prevention work, called Summer Brain Gain, so the children do now not fall behind when they go back to school inside the fall.

”(Some kids) see a 2-three month grade level decline at some stage in the summer months,” Shuman said. ”If we are able to keep them on par so they don’t lose something. We attempt to do it in intensive and fingers on exciting methods.”

These packages cowl math, science, history and studying, consisting of uses of an era. A new robotics program may be beginning.

Businesses and companies help the Boys and Girls Club to boom the number of individuals.

The corporations help offer offerings to operating households who need somewhere they are able to bring their youngsters, somewhere safe, while they’re at paintings.

”Many of our households are working for families and they are seeking to make ends meet,” Shuman said. ”We are open on snow days, due to the fact corporations don’t near on snow days and those nonetheless ought to visit paintings.”

In different enterprise:

∫ The commission exceeded resolutions saying the county is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to make sure each resident is counted during the 2020 U.S. Census. Census records allow determining country and federal funding and illustration in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The fee has agreed to form the Wood County Complete Count Committee, bringing together network and commercial enterprise leaders to reach out to human beings to ensure they participate in the census.

∫ The fee needs the Wood County Assessor’s Office to offer numbers on what the county would possibly lose if a tax increment financing (TIF) district is hooked up in Vienna around the Grand Central Mall. A TIF is being considered to assist finance improvement tasks around the mall assets. Officials recognize that funding should suggest additional jobs and tax revenue for the region. They need to see how the county revenue might be impacted as a result.

∫ The fee may be sending a word to Larry Cline, who has a cell domestic set up inside the proper of the way of Grandview Street, to appear before the commission to discuss the situation. The cell home was beginning to move over a hillside and he had it moved to greater stage ground inside the roadway. A girl who owns lots farther down the street desires to build there and does no longer have access to the roadway due to the cellular home.

Wood County compliance officer Sarah Farnsworth stated she has met with Cline approximately the trouble, but nothing has been executed yet. There can be other problems which might be preventing him from right away taking care of the scenario, she stated.

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