Packed house cheers Boys & Girls Club
Joshua Cooper is one mean cup stacker.
“He’s a lot better than me,” Josh’s mother, Melinda Fread, said.
The Craig 11-year-old tried to teach his mother the art of cup stacking Friday at the grand opening of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.
Fread has been sending Josh to the Boys & Girls Club for about one year.
“It makes it a lot easier for me,” Fread said about the club. “I’m glad we have a place where he can be with other children.”
Friday’s grand opening packed the newly remodeled gym of the center at 1324 E. Highway 40 with about 500 children, parents and community members.
The club has been open since last year, but Friday’s ceremony gave the public the chance to see the newly renovated building.
“This is great, I’m really excited,” Boys & Girls Club director Jonathan Godes said as children from the club scurried about, grabbing catered Taco Bell burritos.
“Seeing all the people who made an effort to come here makes me really proud,” Godes said.
True Value, KRAI FM, the Craig Daily Press and Taco Bell sponsored the event, which included a dessert auction which raised $350.
Renovations on the building that once served as a National Guard Armory started last summer.
The renovation, Godes said, included taking out walls to open up space and remodeling the gym.
The process for purchasing the old armory building would usually take one year, State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, said, but the Boys & Girls club was able to get the building in about three months.
“We cut through all the red tape and got this done in at least half the time,” Taylor said.
Godes said the effect of the new center is best measured by what the children think.
“It’s a great compliment when they think I work for them,” Godes said.
Whitney Schnider, 11, who attends the club with her 8-year-old brother, Kevin, said the club is great. And not just for the children who go there, but for the town.
“It’s changed Craig,” she said. “It’s made it more fun.”
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