BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville School District's athletic director is advocating for a community center in Blytheville to keeps kids off the street.
David Hixson, athletic director at Blytheville schools, said there were no activities for kids beyond what the district provide them.
Hixson said he hopes the citizens of Blytheville will pass a millage increase for a new gymnasium and turf for the football field.
If the millage passes, that will free up space for a community center.
He believes if kids had a place to go, it would decrease crime in Blytheville.
"There's no doubt in my mind that would help," Hixon said. "You know kids are kids. If they're not engaged in something, they're going to find something to be engaged in, and unfortunately, sometimes they get into the wrong things. You provide them a structured environment, I think you'll find that good thing will happen."
Hixon hopes the city can make something happen for the kids of Blytheville.
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