ROANOKE, Va. – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia has been awarded three state grants totaling nearly $522,000.
“We're very excited that we received three Virginia Department of Education grants in order to start new sites in Montgomery County and Franklin County,” said Michelle Dykstra, executive director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.
The grant will be used to operate Boys & Girls Clubs at middle and elementary schools throughout the two counties.
“We will have sites at Shawsville Middle School, Christiansburg Middle School and Rocky Mount Elementary School. That gives us the opportunity to get in there with the students,” Dykstra said.
In addition, the grant will be used to hire 35 new development staff, unit directors, and tutors to help with homework, field trips and recreational activities.
“It's important for kids to know that they have a place to go with people they can count on where it's safe; they're doing things that help them and teaching valuable lessons,” said Rebekah Madows, an employee at The Boys & Girls Club in Roanoke.
Student attendance is expected to more than double because of the expanded programs.
The new sites will be opening September.