Updated: November 23, 2021 07:12 PM
Created: November 23, 2021 09:07 AM
Only months after forming an exploratory task force, a group of community members, passionate about its young people, has achieved major milestones towards its goal of opening a Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing in the fall of 2022.
On November 11 a formal agreement was signed whereby Hibbing’s Boys & Girls Club is positioned to be a site under the Northland Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, joining already established sites in Duluth, Grand Rapids / Greenway, and Superior.
At its November 17 meeting, the Hibbing School Board strongly supported the creation of a Boys & Girls Club in Hibbing.
Hibbing Superintendent of Schools, Rick Aldrich, stated, “The Hibbing Public Schools are excited to work together with our local committee to establish a Boys & Girls Club within our community.”
For 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have provided evidence-based programming that is available, affordable, and accessible to all. Programming falls under one of three pillars: academic excellence, character and leadership development, and healthy lifestyles.
Superintendent Aldrich went on to say, “We all recognize the growing need to support our students after the last bell rings at the end of the school day.”
The Hibbing School District issued a letter of commitment indicating it is prepared to provide, at no cost, classroom and space to the Boys & Girls Club within its schools and, also at no cost, provide Hibbing students transportation to the after-school location(s) on regularly scheduled school days.
The Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing will provide after school and summer programming for all K-12 youth. Boys & Girls Clubs are a place that provides young people with a safe and positive environment, supportive relationships with caring adults, and a place that recognizes kids for who they are. Superintendent Aldrich stated, “The thorough and consistent mentoring provided by the Boys & Girls Club aligns perfectly with our District’s mission.”
Membership to participate in the Boys & Girls Club is nominal and no child will be turned away because of ability to pay. The committee is working to secure grants, business, and individual donations to cover year one of its operating budget as well as securing pledges to cover its second-year costs.
To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tax-deductible donations, made payable to the Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing, can be mailed to P.O. Box 613; Hibbing, MN 55746.
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