Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club seeks grant
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County continue in a mission to expand their base to include more students.
Within the tight quarters of the location on Pine Street in Thomasville, Executive Director Scott Bannister has undertaken the task of applying for a federal grant that could provide tremendous financial relief. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to provide funds to establish or expand community-learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours.
"It will essentially provide the after-school program and summer day camp program for the next four years at no cost to the parents," Bannister said. "This grant money will cover two staff people at each location. It will help us with funding for transportation — paying for field trips, buses and gas. Especially in these hard economic times, if we're able to get that, it will be a big blessing."
In addition to the help at both Thomasville and Lexington locations, the grant funding will provide internships, apprenticeships and job shadowing for high school students in Davidson County. Furthermore, the grant is written to accommodate drug and violence prevention programs, as well as tutorial services to help students meet state and local performance standards in core academic subjects.
"We will be focusing on the educational components of science, technology, engineering and math," Bannister said. "And with the grant, our main objective is looking at entrepreneurship, helping the kids develop those skills."
Learning and You, an educational consulting firm, was brought aboard as a partner to provide financial management support for this grant. Dr. Magnoria Lunsford, curriculum director at Learning and You, offered her thoughts on the outlook of meeting the needs of children in high-poverty areas.
"We have a strong community and career component, based on the data we have to show the employment rate in Davidson County," Lunsford said. "Our (model) also looked at the economic indicators, in terms of the economic growth. And, of course, we use Davidson County as a resource in terms of looking at the jobs that are there and having students identify the types of skills needed for them to have a job."
Businesses such as Belk have already expressed an interest in providing the internships. Corporate volunteers, as well as individual support, is requested by Bannister as the clubs move forward with the additional finances.
Funding status will be available after July 1. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County or to volunteer, contact Bannister at 472-7800.
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.