Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield has announced receiving a federal grant that will allow them to maintain a location inside Fremont Elementary in Springfield.
The organization received the 21st Century Grant for $821,751. The grant will fund five years of the Clubs’ unit at Fremont Elementary. The unit at Fremont serves children kindergarten through fifth grade, age 6 and older.
“It is incredible what can happen when dedicated people come together for a common goal,” BGCS Chief Executive Officer Brandy Harris said in a statement. “I am so grateful to everyone who played a part in this accomplishment. Club staff and community leaders worked really hard to make this happen and now, we can make Springfield a better place for more kids.”
Harris began working on the 21st Century Grant model in February 2019 after learning about the process from other Clubs across America. The grants allowed the Clubs to expand their reach and increased program quality for academic success.
A committee was formed by Harris to pursue the grant consisting of members of Springfield Public Schools and BGCS board members.
The grant will help the program address needs like adjusting times to help working parents. Many of the parents at Fremont are working parents and need to coordinate picking up their children around their work schedules. The Club will be working with SPS officials to make sure their program is serving in the most effective manner.
If you would like to volunteer to help Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, call 417-862-9249.