The Boys and Girls Club of Durant recently purchased the old Durant Middle School building from DISD.
This one fact opens up the door to many improvements and possibilities.
One aspect of the purchase that helps: in some situations, when a non-profit applies for a grant, it can require them to own the building they are operating out of.
By them owning the building, more money can come their way for those improvements.
The Boys and Girls Club of Durant is a vital part of the community.
Nearly 200 children participate in their after school program.
Painting the property will be a noticeable improvement coming to the property.
The staff are decorating various rooms to make the building more fun also.
Each room has it’s own purpose and will be decorated with something on the wall making it better for the kids.
The gymnasium is getting a fresh coat with basketball players numbers being painted on the walls, to keep in the basketball spirit.
Keaghan Artabazon, Game room Director and Dustin Bowles, Physcial Education Director, are painting the numbers for the project.
They said that it’s easier to do the project during spring break because there’s not as many kids as when school is on.
Artabazon said, “we are painting famous basketball players here for the kids.”
Several of the children were watching their progress on the gym wall while they shot some hoops and played around.
One child, a 2nd grader, Brodie Abrams, at the Club during spring break said, “It’ll look cool when it’s done.”
Basketball is a favorite of the Boys and Girls Club kids because of the nice gym they have.
Jude Seay said, “I love when they slam dunk.”
Seay said he is excited about the basketball numbers.
Rylan Avery said, “My favorite is Kevin Durant.” He said he can’t wait to see that number on the wall.
It’s an ongoing project, sure to keep them busy for months.
Artabazon said, “It will take us a while to finish all the numbers.”
He said, “We’ll be painting media characters on the game room walls. We want it to be more kid friendly.”
Bowles said, “I will do either Yoshi or Sonic the Hedgehog.”
He said, “the only thing that separates our club from others, is how nice ours looks. We are trying to spice the club up and make it more friendly. This way we will attract more kids.”
Artabazon said, “Mine will be Wonder Woman because we haven’t done any female characters yet. We need female stuff for the girls around here.”
They said they are honored that their artwork will probably be on the walls for years.
An addition to the front is currently under construction.
This new covered area or hallway between buildings will allow students to pass between buildings without going outside. This makes the situation more secure as well as keeps the children out of the weather.
Officials said this should be complete in a couple of weeks.
For the staff at Durant’s Boys and Girls Club, it’s not just a job, it’s something they enjoy.
Each has their own reason for working with children but the sum of all their efforts is a happy group of kids every day after school.
Artabazon said, “I enjoy working with the kids. It’s nice knowing that something we are doing will have a lasting impact on the community. It’s great.”
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