The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce held a lunch and tour of the Boys and Girls Club of Durant. The kids were still in school which gave attendees the opportunity to visit, eat lunch and then tour the club.
Larry Long Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Durant said, “It’s great now. We are serving a nutritious meal. In the summertime we serve breakfast, lunch and a snack for 200 kids. We have made a lot of changes. We have new floors and a game center and a new front entrance.”
It is housed in the historic old Durant Middle School on Fifth Avenue.
Anna Marcy attended the Chamber lunch and tour. She said, “I’m proud of all the accomplishments that they have made under Director Larry Long.”
The club was able to purchase the facility from the Durant Independent School District recently.
The club also received a new kitchen complete with equipment needed to cook lunch for the kids who attend.
Ailene Keeler, cook’s helper said, “When I first started here, the kitchen was not operable. Nothing in here worked. The kids just had sandwiches. I think Choctaw donated them actually. They had sandwiches and those little things of Pringles. They drank from the water fountain.”
In the kitchen too, Wanda Bailey said, “We couldn’t cook anything. When I came in we started cooking. They used to have crackers and juice or granola bars in the afternoon. Now we have all this equipment and we can cook the kids meals. We have sure come a long way.”
Currently there is an effort underway to raise money to buy playground equipment.
Brandon Beaver, a local dentist said, “I think it’s great that they have a source for kids after school and especially with summer coming up. It gives them an outlet where they can get a couple of good meals a day, and some physical activity. It’s a great thing for our community and the surrounding area. It looks nice. They’ve done a lot of remodeling here and Larry has done a super job. Without him, I don’t know where we would be.”
Supporters praise Larry Long and his efforts for the Boys and Girls Club of Durant.
John Hoefer said, “It’s great what they’ve done here. They have come a long way.”
Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or [email protected].