Board proclaims Boys & Girls Club Month

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BRATTLEBORO — The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is now at least two years older than its participants.

Its birthday prompted Ricky Davidson, executive director of the club, to ask the Select Board last week to adopt a "special proclamation" declaring May 2019 as Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro Month.

"Twenty years ago in May of 1999, the Boys & Girls Club officially came to Brattleboro," he said, noting that it is part of a national organization made up of more than 4,000 affiliates. "And what was once the teen center converted to the Boys & Girls Club in May of 1999."

The local club had a "media kickoff" Friday to celebrate the anniversary, said Davidson, who plans to hold additional activities related to the milestone this summer.

Locally, there are now more than 1,000 registered members between the ages of 6 and 18.

Davidson said his group serves more than 3,200 youths each year and about 250 free meals a week to youth and families in the community.

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This summer will see the addition of a ninth week of programming.

"So at the end of summer, there will only be three days where families have to find child care before school starts," said Davidson.

Select Board member Tim Wessel thanked Davidson and his group.

"I for one very much appreciate the work of the Boys & Girls Club," Wessel said. "I'm so happy that you're here."

Wessel read the resolution proclaiming May 2019 as Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro Month, which notes the club's activities, sports, "positive adult role models," and "life changing" and leadership programs." The room erupted in applause.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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