POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - The Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff now has a new home.
The Poplar Bluff R-I School District opened its doors to the club after the roof of the Hentz Center was found with structural damage.
Poplar Bluff Middle School already houses 120 club members in grades 4 through 6 in the former band room. Seventh grade and up will now be housed in what is known as the JROTC building between E. T. Peters Gym and Kay Porter Theater.
The building will also serve as the headquarters for the after-school program.
"Again, this highlights the incredible partnership that continues to pay dividends for our youth and our entire community," said Chris Rushin, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. "The administration and the Board of Education share our mission."
The Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff operated out of the Hentz Center on South C Street for over a decade. The school district leased that building to the organization for $1 per month.
The Boys and Girls Club will go from 5,400 square feet at their old location to 7,700 square feet at their new one.
The club will share access to the gym and Bacon Park.
There are around 50 students utilizing the former Teen Center across the street from the Hentz Center until the new facility is fully running.
Rushin expects 450 students to attend the club once fall sports end at the junior high school.
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