Local Boys & Girls Club Sees Decrease in Enrollment

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The Wiregrass Boys and Girls Club is seeing a dip in enrollment this school year.

The economic recession is to blame once again.

It’s a safe and fun place for kids to spend time outside of school.

“We're not a babysitting company, we're an afterschool program that really feeds off of what they learn and continue their education here at the club,”

But Director of Resource Development Jake Colson says the organization has seen the effects of the economic recession.

“We all want to blame everything on the economy, that's where we're getting our biggest hit. Yes, because people don't have that extra money to spend,” sais Colson.

Colson says in an average year, about 100 to 150 children enroll in the afterschool program.

But this year only about 80 children have signed up.

“Our enrollment is down a little bit but you know we are looking at different and creative ways to improve enrollment,” said Colson.

Colson believes the economy is to blame.

“When you do look at the economy, it’s is a big thing, you can't stay way from that. I mean you look at businesses shutting down left and right,” said Colson.

Right now, the club charges $25 for a year membership.
The afterschool program costs $30 for one child, $60 for two children, and $75 for three or more children.

“We make sure that we are affordable throughout the year throughout the weeks so that we can provide for each of the kids. We have assistance for the families if they are in economic hardships which many are right now,”

Colson says never mind the recession, his goal is to keep kids care-free and equip them with a positive outlook on life.

“We want to make sure the kids are taken care of we don’t want them to be affected by the recession,” said Colson.

This past summer, more than 300 children enrolled in the club's 9-week program.

Also, in the last 4 years, no child affiliated with the club has failed a grade.

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