WPS Explores Bringing A Boys & Girls Club to the Community
Preliminary discussions are underway about the possibility of bringing a Boys & Girls Club to Westminster Public Schools (WPS). The club would give students and families new options and activities both afterschool and before parents arrive home from work.
No final decisions have been made, however Superintendent Pam Swanson, WPS officials and board member Ken Ciancio visited the Boys & Girls Club in Jefferson County recently to tour the facility and learn about programs from the club's administrators.
"I’m very impressed with the Boys and Girls Club model. It is well established and has a proven track record," said Ciancio. "If we can make it happen, it’s a win for everyone.
"It would benefit our community as a whole knowing that our kids are will have a safe secure place to go to continue to learn and grow as young adults," he added.
Space for a Boys & Girls Club is currently available in WPS, and funding would come from a potential partnership with the district and community business partners.
According to school leaders, healthy and safe afterschool alternatives are commonly cited by parents as a high priority. A club in WPS could offer sports and arts opportunities, along with access to library books and homework support.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Conn. by three women who believed children needed positive alternatives to being on the streets. There are now 4,300 clubs across the country serving nearly 4 million children. Among the famous alumni of Boys & Girls Club include Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, actors Denzel Washington and Cuba Gooding Jr., and singer Jennifer Lopez, to name a few.
Updates on this potential project will be provided when further information is available. For questions or comments, please use the WPS Ask Us form.