April 3, 2018
Boys & Girls Club expanding to Marshall
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The Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier each year serves about 500 children, ages 5 to 18, at its main location in Warrenton and at Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.
The Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier will launch a pilot program in Marshall next week.
We’ve been able to serve youth from Marshall at our Warrenton club, but timing of transportation has been a challenge to achieving meaningful programming for our Marshall kids.
— Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier CEO Lynne Richman Bell
The Warrenton-based organization will operate from 3:20 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Marshall Middle School, starting April 9.
The new program will serve up to 30 children from Marshall Middle and the adjacent Coleman Elementary School, according to club CEO Lynne Richman Bell.
“We’ve been aware of the need for a unit in Marshall for the last couple of years and thought that this would be the perfect time to launch,” Ms. Bell said. “We’ve been able to serve youth from Marshall at our Warrenton club, but timing of transportation has been a challenge to achieving meaningful programming for our Marshall kids.”
Buses drop Marshall students, last arrivals of the day, at the Warrenton club around 4:45 p.m.
“Most of these kids are picked up by their parents between 5:30 and 6 p.m.,” Ms. Bell said. “So we have minimal impact during their few minutes on site. As an outcome-driven organization, this was a concern for us.”
Unit Director Ginger O’ Brien added: “The importance of what we do is achieved through relationship-building. If the kids aren’t here long enough to really develop relationships with caring adults we have both on staff and volunteering in addition to their peers, then we aren’t able to impact those kids in a meaningful way.”
Marshall Assistant Principal Kylie Henson serves on the club’s board of directors.
“The social/emotional support and academic enrichment the club provides is in perfect harmony with our behavioral and academic goals at MMS,” Ms. Henson said. “The Club will fill a gap for some great kids while working side-by-side with the school.”
The club’s programming includes “Power Hour” academic support and homework time, along with healthy lifestyles activities.
To participate in the Marshall club, students must be registered members, which costs $100 a year.
“The expansion of services to northern Fauquier was part of the club’s business plan adopted in March of 2017,” Ms. Bell said. “We are working with the school system and transportation to also serve kids currently attending Thompson Elementary (near Rectortown). We hope to have this in place before the end of the school year but no later than next fall.
“Once we are able to establish consistent outcome measurement in Marshall for academic success, good character and healthy lifestyles, we will look to the Vint Hill/New Baltimore area as our next phase of growth.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier started in 1997 at Taylor Middle School in Warrenton to help all boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most to build confidence, develop character, and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. The club, which annually serves about 500 children ages 5 to 18, operates on Keith Street in Warrenton and at Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.
The clubs in Bealeton and Warrenton operate Monday through Friday.
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