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Seminole Nation implements Boys and Girls Club

Written by Senior Brooklyn Hail.

Seminole Nation Housing Authority is implementing a chapter of the Boys and Girls Club after school for children ranging from ages 12-18 in the Seminole County area. The club is set to open Thursday, Sept. 1, from 3-6 p.m., and is located at 120 W 4th St Wewoka, OK 74884 (on the left-hand side of the skatepark).

The Boys and Girls Club was started in 1860 in Hartford, CT, by three women who wanted to keep children off the streets and provide them with educational activities during their freetime. Since then, clubs all around the country have been brought up.

“The Boys and Girls club of Seminole County is based in Wewoka,” Cheri Hardeman said, who is the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

“The club promises a safe environment to assist in developing the youth from this area to become the best version of themselves by offering internships, homework help, educational enrichment, and college prep courses or other guidance in post-high school plans.”

According to volunteers, board games, snacks, and video games will be available to play during your time there, and a virtual club is also available for students not residing in Seminole County.

The club is currently funded by the Seminole Nation Housing Authority, and volunteers will be working with the community to expand its presence. Those wishing to attend may sign up online; forms can be found on their social media pages (Facebook: Boys & Girls Club of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Instagram: bgc_snok), and at the Seminole Nation Housing Authority.

Potential members are invited to attend the club’s ice cream social and sign up from 2-6 p.m. at its location in Wewoka, August 31st.

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