SW breaks ground on new site

Please join the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club as they break ground on a new location and new TEEN CENTER on Monday, June 4th at 4 pm. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is breaking ground on a new site for the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club on Monday, June 4 at 4 pm. The new site is about 1000 feet from their current location, which has been located behind Cascade Middle School in Sedro-Woolley since April 2001. The Club will soon be located on the north end of the middle school campus, along McGarigle Road. Because of a generous investment from the McIntyre Family Foundation, the Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club and the support of many community partners, including the Sedro-Woolley School District, the Boys & Girls Club is also breaking ground on a new Teen Center. 

The 1850 sq ft stand-alone teen center will open in September. The Teen Center will be located just east of the main Club and the new covered play area. “A dedicated teen center is something the McIntyre Family has been working toward for several years, and we are appreciative of the opportunity to provide an outcome-based program for Sedro-Woolley Teens,” says Boys & Girls Club CPO David Conover. Longtime Board Member Mike Crawford started spearheading the effort more than 3 years ago and has gotten many local businesses, contractors and engineers involved with both the move and the teen center.

The Boys & Girls Club has provided a Teen Room for teens in 7th-12th grade for several years now, but their area is only about 25 feet by 15 feet. Teens are able to use the entire Club during Friday Night Teen Nights, but during the week the small teen area limits the programs staff can offer. Club Staff feel they’ll be able to provide many more program opportunities with a building dedicated just to teens.

“We are thrilled about our new Teen Center. A Teen Center will allow us to implement a full-on homework assistance program with tutors , build a stronger career readiness program and to build up our current community service efforts, and of course provide a safe place for older kids to relax and be with their peers,” says Sedro-Woolley Unit Director Jill Reid.

Because of the relocation though, the Club will not offer a summer program this year. “We offered several programs last summer and hope to again next year, but the relocation and renovations this year are just too challenging and wouldn’t allow us to provide a strong summer program,” stated Reid. The Club will reopen in September when the Teen Center and main Club renovations are complete.

A ground-breaking ceremony is planned on Monday, June 4th at 4 pm at the future site of the Boys & Girls Club, located at the north end of the Cascade Middle School Campus, just off McGarigle Rd. If you have further questions about the relocation of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club, please contact Club Staff at 360-856-1830 or visit skagitraisesgreatkids.org. 

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