Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint ready for summer after receiving pair of big grants

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FLINT (WJRT) (06/11/18) - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint is ready to roll out its summer season of programming at its Averill Street headquarters.

"Summer is our busiest time of the year, so next week, we're going to be rocking with a bunch of kids here and over at Flint Central Church of the Nazarene," said Club CEO Tauzarri Robinson.

This week includes the Youth of the Year breakfast and a new sign-up drive. The Club has some big news regarding reduced and even free registration opportunities.

"Diplomat Pharmacy has just stepped up and is covering scholarships for the first 600 kids. We just received that donation and we're really excited," said Robinson

With 300 children already on board for the summer, those scholarships will have a trickle down affect.

"We're expecting more kids than we've ever seen in the summer. With that, we have to hire more staff than ever," said Robinson.

Those staff members will work hard to schedule activities throughout the summer. Along with a new program that will take high school students on college campus visits, there's another with an Olympic connection that has plenty of parents talking.

"We received a grant from the Michael Phelps Foundation. It's going to help fund swimming lessons for a number of kids," said Robinson.

If that's not enough, Robinson just learned that renovation dollars are coming in from Lowe's.

"One club in each state receives this grant. We were the club in the state of Michigan to receive it, so we'll be able to have $50,000 to freshen up the club and make it as good as it can be," said Robinson.

The Boys & Girls Club has already received a bit of a summertime makeover. The gym walls have been given a fresh coat of paint and several new Fatheads have been added as well.

"We want them the be the best they can be and we want them to have the best club experience they can possibly have. We want the club to look as nice as possible, because our kids deserve it," said Robinson.

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