A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, June 5 at the new building which will host the Sultan Boys & Girls Club. The event will be at 11:00am at 605B First Street in Sultan. Destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 2010, the new 6,000 sq. ft. building offers a classroom; a Technology Center; a Teen Center; a games room; and the Community ECEAP Preschool (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program), a preschool operated by the Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW). A second phase of construction later this year will include a 7,000 sq. ft gym. The new facility, located on VOAWW land in Sultan, was built through a partnership between the City of Sultan, Volunteers of America, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC), and with funding support from the State of Washington and Snohomish County.
“The Sultan staff couldn’t be more excited about the opening of the new Club,” expressed Sultan Club Site Director, Cherise Crawford. “A lot of our members have never had anything brand new. The kids need a place they can call their own; a safe place where they can be a kid yet still have guidance and age appropriate programs available to help them become responsible, caring citizens of this great community.”
The Club will continue to provide recreational, social, and educational programs to school age youth ages 5-18 before and after school, and during scheduled school breaks, including the summer. The new facility will allow the Sultan Club to provide a broader range of educational and enriching programs for youth and will include an up-to-date Technology Center and Teen Center. A community room and gym (in 2016) will be available for use by community groups, including athletic teams, when the Club is not open. In the Community ECAEP Preschool, VOAWW currently serves 30 children (15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon). The new facility will have the capacity to serve 40 children (20 in the morning and 20 in the afternoon).
“The community is very excited this is finally happening; the opportunities this program offers our children are invaluable,” commented Sultan’s Mayor, Carolyn Eslick.
New activities as a result of this expansion will include a dedicated space for teens that will be used daily for teen-specific programming as well as informal teen-only socializing. Also, the Technology Center will provide computers for youth to use to complete their homework, for recreation, and to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs of America digital literacy programs. The new expanded facility will allow the Club to serve more youth per day while also increasing the amount of programs offered daily, increasing the reach of the Club, and the impact on youth.
“We couldn’t be happier to have a brand new Boys & Girls Club in downtown Sultan,” commented Sultan School District Superintendent, Dan Chaplik. “This Club will be a benefit to the students, school district and parents in our community. We’ve always had great relationships with the Boys & Girls Club and they do so many wonderful things on behalf of youth, it’s great to have that partnership and we’re excited.”
Join the Sultan community and the kids who will benefit from this new building Friday, June 5 at 11:00am to commemorate this joyous occasion.