submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
To meet the growing demand for out-of-school programming for youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County is partnering with the Griffin School District to open its eighth Boys & Girls Club branch location at Griffin School. This partnership expands support and wrap-around services for youth and their families served in the district.
Registration for Club members will begin the week of Sept. 27 with membership capacity consistent with current WA State Department of Health guidelines for serving children during COVID-19. Long-time Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Club leader, Heather Harris, has been named the new Griffin Branch Director.
This new agreement allows BGCTC to lease space at Griffin School, 6530 33rd Avenue, NW, Olympia beginning 2021-22 academic school year. The Griffin Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County will utilize space encompassing the cafeteria, adjacent classrooms, partial school concourse along with the outdoor playground area and structures. The Griffin Boys & Girls Club will serve about 50 Kindergarten-8th grade students per day and offer before and after-school programs.
Students attending the Griffin Club will have access to a range of activities including academic tutoring and support, a game room, computer lab, art room, and the outdoors. Programs and activities designed for these spaces support of the Boys & Girls Clubs program outcome areas; Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Citizenship.
“I have had the privilege of visiting multiple Boys & Girls Club locations and I have seen them in action. Their staff is amazing and the services they provide for kids are something we are so grateful to bring to Griffin. I have no doubt that our families will come to appreciate what a great opportunity this is for Griffin students,” said Superintendent Greg Woods. “This isn’t before and after school day care, it is so much more than that. This is going to be a great place for our K-8 kids to learn and grow as an extension of the school day.”
“Community partners like the Griffin School District are vital to our mission of inspiring youth to realize their greatness,” said BGCTC COO Shellica Trevino. “Utilizing space at Griffin School means we can serve more youth, provide fun and meaningful programs, and serve as an extension of the school day for more kids and families who need us.”
Visit the Griffin Branch Facebook Page for updates on registration and enrollment.
Learn more about the Griffin School District.
Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.