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Our Local Boys and Girls Club Got Some Work Done!

It truly takes a community to accomplish all that the community needs!

This past weekend A. Worley Brown Boys and Girls Club was given some much needed landscaping and external cleanup as part of National Night Out Project 365.  Thanks in part to donations from Imagescapes, Downey Trees, Inc., Home Depot, Atlanta Toolbank, Public Works and the Norcross First United Methodist Church Men lead by Jim Cline.

Several board members, parents, students and the Executive Director Catrese Estes under the guidance of Jim Cline spent the day picking up trash, spreading mulch, pressure-washing, and re-striping the driveway.

The volunteers were treated to an impromptu speech by Keystone Youth of the Year 2012 Harnepher Mentoe who will be accepting the award on November 15th at the club’s annual event in Atlanta.  Not only did he get to practice his speech, we saw first-hand a successful young man who got the help and support he needed at our very own Boys and Girls Club.  Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program.  Keystone is a chartered small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 14-18.  Keystoners elect officers, plan and implement their own activities such as service to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation.

This curb-appeal project is the first of four projects that the club will benefit from as part of the National Night Out Project 365 goals.  An arts project is in the works for the Spring of 2013, and a Business, Health and Wellness Expo for the Summer.  The final project to close out the year-long partnership is still under discussion.

Thanks to the following individuals who came out on Saturday to make this project the success that it was, Robert Dunn, Director of Field Services, Club employees Mary Moua and Jeffrey Holly, Board Members Tamara Clarke and Andrea White, parent Maria Guiterrez-Lopez, and the students who use the Club Marcia Lopez, Katrice White and Harnepher Mentoe.

Special thanks to Norcross First United Methodist Church Men – Pastor Gary Dean, Jim Cline, Richard Baird, and John Strong.

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