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KBCB helps Boy and Girls Club grow a garden

Author: Eric Betts

The Boys and Girls Club of Bastrop County recently announced its expansion into Smithville. Now it’s also undergoing some internal upgrades at its Linden Street headquarters, thanks to a pair of grants from national corporations committed to doing the right thing at the local level.

The first comes from Best Buy, whose Bastrop general manager, Steve Sonday, sits on the Boys and Girls Club board. Best Buy gave the club a $5,000 grant for the purchase of ten laptop computers to start the club’s first technology lab, then had its experts build the computers and upload them with the type of educational software the club members are going to use.

The computers will allow the kids to make use of the national Boys and Girls Club’s training software, technology training programs with names like “Net Smarts” and “Club Tech,” designed to familiarize them with computers and the Internet. The club hopes to put 120 kids through technology training once the lab is up and running.

Boys & Girls Club director Whitney Goble hopes the club will be able to move on to more advanced technology offerings from the national office, which familiarize kids with subjects like music production, robotics and video game development.

For now, the kids are plenty pumped for their introduction to the new computers.

“They’re absolutely excited,” Goble said. “Every day they ask us, ‘When’s the tech lab going to be ready?’ It’s a huge incentive for them.”

It may be for more than just the kids. Since they have the resources in place, Goble envisions allowing parents to use the lab, to familiarize themselves with the technology their kids are growing up with or for continuing education.

“This will affect the community financially and civically. We want to make an impact on the future of our community,” she said.

That’s why Goble believes the next project the club is undertaking is so important.

The Boys and Girls Club received a donation of $1,200 of materials as part of a Lowe’s Hometown Hero award that will be used toward the construction of a community garden on Linden Street.

“We want to teach our kids where our food comes from,” Goble says, “and give them the knowledge to make healthy choices.”

But first those donated materials are going to have to be turned into a garden. The garden will contain 14 raised beds, compost and recycling, a butterfly garden and a community play area. The produce will help supplement the healthy suppers the club has been feeding some of its members.

The club will host a community workday Saturday, June 4 for ground-breaking and construction. Volunteers from the Rotary Club and Keep Bastrop County Beautiful will assist with the construction.

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