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Maury County Schools Partner with Local Boys & Girls Club to Drive Academic Success After School

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Columbia, Tenn. – Following a presentation at its April 28th meeting, the Maury County Public School Board voted to award the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County its before and after school program contract for the 2016-2017 school year. The Boys & Girls Club of Maury County was recognized in 2015 as having the number one academic program among all 75 Tennessee club locations.

Currently, the Club serves 400+ youth per calendar year at two Columbia locations through daily after-school programs and full-day programs during summer and school breaks. Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County will operate “Greatness Academies” for all MCPS schools from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Students who enroll will gain access to the Club’s extensive enrichment programs designed to help each child reach their full potential. Focusing on three priority areas of Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character and Citizenship, Club programs include tutoring, daily homework help, drilling of math and reading skills through interactive software programs, “Brain Gain” hands-on learning over summer breaks, “Career Launch” job readiness training, nutrition education, “Diplomas 2 Degrees” college preparation, “Money Matters,” and much more. In addition to completing schoolwork assigned during the day, students will learn about financial literacy, practice resume writing and mock job interviewing, and set goals for themselves after high school graduation. The Club also provides ACT Prep classes to juniors and seniors.

Since opening its doors in 1999, 100% of Boys & Girls Club of Maury County seniors have graduated on time. Last year the Club provided over 1,800 hours of one-on-one tutoring, with 76% of youth in the tutoring program improving their grade point average over the course of the school year. Additionally, 96% of those students improved in at least one subject.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Maury County has a proven track record of success,” said Dr. Chris Marczak, Director of Maury County Schools. “The Club offers the best after school program in the state, and that’s exactly what our students need to achieve their dreams. I am confident that this partnership will not only further our 7 Keys to College and Career Readiness initiative, but will also advance our community’s goals for education and long-term growth.”

“We are honored and excited to deepen our partnership with Maury County Public Schools,” said Chris Poynter, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Maury County.  “The hours between 3-6pm are critical.  Through the Greatness Academies, we can reinforce and support the learning that is happening during the school day, while also helping our kids develop the character and life skills they will need to succeed.  We’re humbled by this opportunity to expand to serve all areas of the county.  I’m especially grateful to our dedicated Board of Directors for their vision and commitment to growing to meet the needs of our county’s youth.  This initiative will help hundreds more kids each year to reach their full potential.”

For more information about enrolling your child in a Greatness Academy, visit www.bgcmaury.com.

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14 Comments

  1. Jessica Lynn 4 years ago May 4, 2016

    Will before care still be provided at the school like the YMCA was ?

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    • Kristy Bergstrom 4 years ago May 5, 2016

      Yes! The Boys & Girls Club of Maury County will offer both before and after school care. Thanks for asking!

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      • Bethany Armstrong 4 years ago May 10, 2016

        Will the After Care service be provided at the physical location of each school, specifically Marvin Wright Elementary?

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        • Kristy Bergstrom 4 years ago May 11, 2016

          Hi, Bethany – This is Kristy, one of the site administrators. My understanding is that the Club will continue to operate in all of the locations previously served by the YMCA Fun Company. I will copy you on an email to the Club staff to answer your specific questions though. Thanks for asking!

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          • Bethany Armstrong 4 years ago May 11, 2016

            Thank you! Appreciate the quick response.

          • Robin 4 years ago May 11, 2016

            Please forward the email noted to me.

          • Kristy Bergstrom 4 years ago May 12, 2016

            Hi, Robin – I’m guessing you also want to know about Marvin Wright Elementary? Robyn Boshers-Peery from the Boys & Girls Club did respond back that the Club will operate before and after school care at Marvin Wright Elementary beginning Aug. 1. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email Robyn as well. Her contact information is listed in the Staff section under our About tab. Thanks!

  2. Jennifer 4 years ago May 10, 2016

    What about a summer program?
    We need affordable child care for elementary and middle school.

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    • Kristy Bergstrom 4 years ago May 11, 2016

      We received numerous inquiries from parents this morning regarding our summer program. We have just been made aware that the YMCA Fun Company has elected to no longer offer programs in Maury County for summer 2016. It was our understanding that they held the contract through July, and our contract with schools would begin on Aug. 1. However, now that they will no longer be offering summer programs, we are meeting with our Board Executive Committee this evening to assess next steps. There are currently openings at our Teen Center for youth in grades 6th-12th (call 931-490-9401 ext. 2606 for more information). We cannot give you a definitive answer yet regarding additional slots for summer, but know that we are going to do whatever we can to ensure that all Maury County youth have access to the quality care they need. A letter will go home to all parents in all MCPS schools on Monday, May 16, with definitive details for the summer program and next school year.

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  3. Sheri A. 4 years ago May 10, 2016

    Will you be offering a Summer Program this year since the YMCA cancelled their Summer Program?

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    • Kristy Bergstrom 4 years ago May 11, 2016

      We received numerous inquiries from parents this morning regarding our summer program. We have just been made aware that the YMCA Fun Company has elected to no longer offer programs in Maury County for summer 2016. It was our understanding that they held the contract through July, and our contract with schools would begin on Aug. 1. However, now that they will no longer be offering summer programs, we are meeting with our Board Executive Committee this evening to assess next steps. There are currently openings at our Teen Center for youth in grades 6th-12th (call 931-490-9401 ext. 2606 for more information). We cannot give you a definitive answer yet regarding additional slots for summer, but know that we are going to do whatever we can to ensure that all Maury County youth have access to the quality care they need. A letter will go home to all parents in all MCPS schools on Monday, May 16, with definitive details for the summer program and next school year.

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  4. Robin 4 years ago May 11, 2016

    I would like to watch a video of the presentation made to the school board. Where can I find that video?

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    • Kristy Bergstrom 4 years ago May 12, 2016

      Hi, Robin – The Club is not aware of any video from the school board meeting. Perhaps try contacting the Maury County School Board directly.

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      • Robin 4 years ago May 12, 2016

        There was a presentation and a plan submitted and shown to the board.

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