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Copperas Cove: Boys & Girls Club finally gets permanent home

Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:19 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 10:19 AM CDT
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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) - After more than 25 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Copperas Cove finally has a place to call its very own.

Board member Pat Thomas said it’s been a very long journey for the club to end up in the new space. Over the years, the club bounced around town, sharing spaces with different organizations in the community.

Tiana Quick, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas, said about three years ago, an anonymous donor gifted them land off Laura Street in Copperas Cove.

Quick said they started a plan to build a space there. While they knew it would be a long road, having the land was a start. But the road to having their own space wasn’t as long as they expected.

Recently, the same donor gave the club two buildings near the land on Laura Street.

Quick and Thomas said it’s exciting for them to have their very own space, and they have some big plans.

The two buildings will hold space for games, arts and crafts, computers and a spot for doing homework. Quick said they’ll be able to focus more on helping kids, both academically, and in their personal lives.

“We want to make sure that our kids graduate on time with a plan for the future, making sure they have good character and citizenship,” Quick said.

‘So when they’re older, if they move in next door to you, they’re the type of neighbor you would want to have.”

While the building is opening its doors on Wednesday, Quick and Thomas said they’re still looking for support from the community. Right now, the club only serves kids ages 6 to 12. The club would like to build a gym with classroom space, a playground and a teen center to serve children through high school.

Additionally, the Quick said they still need to purchase supplies and furniture for the new spaces, since they don’t have all they need. In order to do that, the club has several fundraising plans in place.

Later this month, the club will host a golf tournament. The tournament is on June 11, and anyone interested can register online. The club is also partnering with the Killeen Auction House to hold an online auction from June 17-30. Proceeds from both events will help the club purchase equipment, program supplies and furniture.

Quick said fundraising is how they can improve the spaces for their kids, since it’s important for the club to keep costs low for families. She said the fundraising will mean they can do more for the kids, which helps the community.

“To help our kids be successful, whether it’s for school, or you know, just being good citizens, this is something that everybody wants for their communities,” Quick said.

Summer enrollment is currently open for rising first through sixth graders. If you’re interested in registering your child, you can find more information on the club website. You can also contact Khrystal Westeen at kwesteen@bgctx.org with any questions.

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