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Boys & Girls Club Receives County, School District Support

October 4th, 2017

Boy and Girls Club of Potter County is off to a positive start for its second year of operation at the Coudersport Elementary School. Participation has doubled from the previous high of 20 children before the club made the move to its current site, with approval from the Coudersport Area Board of Education. Children, who range from kindergarteners to eighth-graders, receive academic tutoring, healthy snacks or a complete meal, and a number of recreational and artistic opportunities during after-school hours. Special educational programming is also held from time to time. Monthly membership fees are a critical source of income. Low-income parents can qualify for financial assistance based on a sliding scale, thanks to a fund established by the Potter County Board of Commissioners through state funds provided under a Human Services Block Grant. Officers of the organization hope to eventually establish regional clubs in other Potter County communities. “Kids need a safe, fun place that keeps them off the street and allows them to learn life skills and grow academically,” said board president George Dubots. “These children are our future, so it’s vital that we give them every possible advantage to be able to succeed.”

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