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County's Boys & Girls Club open

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Todd Mishler | October 29, 2013

DELAVAN— Organizers have been seeking a home of their own for several years. Now, children in the Delavan area have a temporary home away from home at the new Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County.

“The community will benefit most by kids having a safe, positive place to spend time after school,” Director Karin Slayton said of the organization that began serving children Oct. 15 in space donated at Phoenix Middle School in Delavan. “Many of our kids come from single-parent households, or households where both parents work and there is no one home after school. Our role is to be a support system for both the kids and their families and assist parents in that crucial time after school when kids need supervision most.”

After coming up empty in attempts to raise enough funding or come to agreements over such sites as the old fire station, the club partnered with the Delavan-Darien School District, which is giving it free use for its programming, which is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays when school is in session.

“We have access to the entire building but will focus most of our time in the B&G Club room, the Great Room and the common areas,” Slayton said. “We will have access to the library and gym by request, as well, and will incorporate those areas into our planning.

“I am not familiar with what happened prior to me joining the Boys & Girls Club, but I do know that the school district offers us space free of charge, and in turn we are able to offer the program for just $10 per school year to our members. All of our funding comes from grants and donations from businesses and the community.”

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