Enterprise Boys & Girls Club welcomes several dozen students

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - There is a new place for kids to go after school in Enterprise. The Boys & Girls Club opened this afternoon welcoming several dozen kids.

Many of the major cities surrounding Enterprise - Dothan, Geneva and Slocomb - already have their own boys and girls clubs.

Once Coppinville Junior High moved to its new facility, the city agreed to let the old building become the new club.

Phillip Gilley is the executive director of the Wiregrass Boys & Girls Clubs.

For him, it was all about fun and games when it came to the new Enterprise club's grand opening, but it hasn't been that easy getting everything ready.

"The school system's been great about helping us getting the building ready, but we've had equipment, games, tables and video games systems to put in,” said Gilley. “We've had to get coordinated on where the kids are going to go at what time. We're also doing a federal food program. They're going to be eating dinner."

Gilley works with five different Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the Wiregrass, and definitely saw a need for one in Enterprise.

Now, rather than kids going straight home from school, they will have plenty of activities to keep them busy until their parents get off work.

"We have a games room that's going to be set up, we have pool, we have fuss ball, we have ping-pong, we have carpet ball,” said Gilley. “We'll be getting a bumper pool table, so that's fun. Then the gym, all the activities that we can do in the gym, whether it's basketball, wiffle ball, dodgeball or ships and sailors."

That may be a pretty long list of fun things for the kids to do, but the Boys & Girls Club is also making sure they build in some time for home work.

The kids will work alongside each other and can get help from any of the staff members.

"I like it,” said Boys & Girls Club Member Jaida Day. “I like it a lot."

The only people who may like the Boys & Girls Club even more than the kids, are the parents.

"It works out great because you've got some parents that don't get off work until 5:30, then rush hour,” said Parent Travis Sears. “Traffic does get a little hectic, so it works out great."

You can enroll your student on the Wiregrass Boys & Girls Clubs website:
http://www.bgcwiregrass.org/afterschool-program