New Boys & Girls Club expansion in Leesburg to open next week
New Boys & Girls Club expansion in Leesburg to open next weekLEESBURG, Fla. — The Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida in Leesburg is about to get bigger and better. The Leesburg branch and teen center club will triple its capacity from 50 to 150 children served daily. Officials said the $2.75 million addition to the Leesburg center is 10,045 square feet, and is a collaboration between Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the City of Leesburg. Part of the new addition includes an outdoor area for youth and a separate outdoor area for teens. READ: Now is the time to prepare: Florida’s Hurricane Tax holiday continues this weekSince 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has provided at-risk children, ages 6-18, with a safe place to learn and grow during non-school hours, officials said.wftv.com
By the numbers: the giant COVID relief package, 1 year later
It's been one year since President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion package of relief measures was designed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and help the economy rebound. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — (AP) — One year ago, President Joe Biden signed the giant American Rescue Plan into law. — Schools received $122 billion in relief funding, with additional money being directed toward homeless students or children with disabilities. More than 150,000 providers who serve more than 5 million children have received funding.wftv.com
Former Carpentersville educator sentenced to additional 60 years in prison for sexually assaulting a dozen children
A former substitute elementary teacher in Carpentersville already serving a 122-year prison term for sexually assaulting children has been sentenced to another 60 years after pleading guilty to a dozen more counts, officials said.chicagotribune.com
Orlando police help shop for Boys & Girls Club members
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Police Officers rolled into Academy Sports + Outdoors Friday on a mission to shop, not for themselves, but for 10 kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. These children would not have anything to open on Christmas if it wasn’t for the community and this event,” said Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida V.P. While the officers were inside, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was outside dressed as Santa for the morning, raising money for the Boys & Girls Club on the radio. Orlando police officers and Shades, with the Orlando Solar Bears, went on a shopping trip for 10 children this Christmas. Academy Sports also donated some equipment to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida and presented them with $1,000, a gifts they hope will help support local kids through after school programming and mentorship.
10 laptops stolen from Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, again
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – The Silver Springs Shores Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County was burglarized twice this year. Savarese said thieves broke in and stole 10 laptops, computers the kids use to do school work. The Silver Springs Shores branch of the Boys & Girls Club serves about 100 members in the community, many of the kids from low-income families. Savarese said despite the loss of resources, they will continue to be a safe haven for kids in Marion County. They are hoping through this season of giving, the community will come together to help replace the items that were stolen.
Causes for March 9, 2020
A look at upcoming fundraisers in Marion County. There will be live music, dinner and a live and silent auction. Food, beer, wine, live music, activities and more, 2-8 p.m. April 11, Citizens Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. United Way of Marion County Women United: The 2020 United Way Lip Sync Challenge will be 6-8 p.m. April 30 at the Reilly Arts Center. For information, go to this shortened web address: https://tinyurl.com/vt64w8wSend information about upcoming fundraisers to firstname.lastname@example.org and write Causes in the message line.ocala.com
JB Smoove will be in Orlando Saturday to advocate for safe teen driving
click image photo via JB SmooveOn Saturday,andstar JB Smoove will be at the Orlando Boys & Girls club to talk to teens about the importance of safe and distraction-free driving.Smoove, a Boys & Girls Club alumnus, will be joined by a panel of locals who will also share with teens motivation and strategies to make good decisions and be a positive force in their community.The event is part of a partnership between the Boys & Girls Club and UPS Foundation, two obvious choices for a "collab," as the teenagers they'll try to relate to say. They've joined forces to create the "UPS Road Code," instructions for safe driving aimed at the nation's teens.Because if there's anything teens love, it's reading and lectures about safety.The panel will take place on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Tupperware Branch Boys & Girls Club, located at 2411 Dyer Blvd. in Kissimmee.orlandoweekly.com