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Posted: February 11, 2009 12:01 a.m.

A valuable program

We believe the hope and success of our country’s future rests squarely on the shoulders of our young people.

 We appreciate any group or organization with a goal to ensure that our community’s youth are trained to know and accept the responsibilities of adult leadership.

 The Boys and Girls Club organization is one of those groups.

 The Boys and Girls Club’s simple but straightforward mission statement says it all.

 It states that it is the mission of the Boys and Girls Club is "to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

 The Boys and Girls Clubs of America has grown from a dream by a group of eastern women, who in 1860 formed a club to would provide a positive alternative for boys who were roaming the streets, into a federation of 4,000 clubs serving four million children in this country.

 Our local club is located in Social Circle and serves the Social Circle, Newton County area, with programs like the College Bound — which is a 12-session program that helps our young people navigate their way through the trials of being accepted into college.

 The Boys and Girls Club drug programs involve providing positive places for kids to be and are unmatched for their success in the communities hosting a club.

 Social Circle has a bright, warm executive director in Krystal Williams. The local club also is served by a board that includes many community leaders whose interest in serving the youth of their community is paramount.

 The Boys and Girls Club relies on community donations and children’s dues in order to run their programs.

 Inability to pay dues does not exclude children from participating in the program. No child is ever turned away because of financial restraints.

 If you would like to know more about the Boys and Girls Club program and its value to the youth of our community, please call Krystal Williams at the Social Circle Club, at (770) 464-0069, or contact us here at The Covington News. Our General Manager, T. Pat Cavanaugh was a Boys and Girls Club member himself, and is proud to serve on the Social Circle–Newton County board.

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