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Texarkana Boys and Girls Club gets ready to open doors

It's a new beginning for the Texarkana Boys and Girls Club.
It's a new beginning for the Boys and Girls Club of Texarkana.

On Monday, a ribbon cutting will celebrate the building's opening.

The project was put on by the Salvation Army and Housing Authority.

After months of hard work, the Boys and Girls Club is ready to open.

"The Housing Authority partnered with us, had the property and remodeled it and designed it just for the Boys and Girls Club," said Lt. Lacy Parrish.

It's on Milam Street and is for those 6-14 years of age.

Art classes, a computer lab, and tutoring are just some of the activities that'll be offered.

"It's just a safe, positive place for them to come after school and have mentors in their lives and change their future," said Parrish.

The new building took about six months to remodel.

People in the area are excited about what it'll do for this Texarkana community.

"We're very fortunate we have the revitalization of the Boys and Girls Club," said Mayor Bob Bruggeman.

Bruggemon says local youth will thrive from it.

"We can keep our young boys and girls engaged, active in the community and provide them a safe environment for them to go," said Bruggeman.

Growing up can be tough.

"Kids are facing so much more now, bullying, texting, peer pressure," said Parrish. "If we want to change tomorrow, it starts today."

In about a week, the boys and girls club will be there to help.

There's a small enrollment fee of about $20 per year.

The Salvation Army is also asking for those interested in mentoring to contact them at (903) 794-4821.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public, Monday September 23rd at 4:30pm.
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