Volunteers help refurbish Boys Girls Club


By Dan Pennington - dpennington@civitasmedia.com



Victory Life members along with Boys and Girls Club employees painted and fixed parts of the Boys and Girls Club Saturday. Larry Long Executive Director thanked them for helping to make the kids lives better.


Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

Franchesca Lozano, Art Director at Boys and Girls Club, Dorine Scribner with Victory Life, and Krista Winters, Educational Director with Boys and Girls Club do finish work on the projects Saturday.


Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

Aimie Sheriff puts finishing touches on one of the activity rooms at the Boys and Girls Club of Durant Saturday.


Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

The Boys and Girls Club of Durant is located in the old Durant Middle School.

People in the community have helped to refurbish the facility for the 300 kids who attend the Club.

After school, the Boys and Girls Club provides a service to families by giving school children a place to go after school.

There have been many upgrades over the past few years that make the facility a better place for the kids.

The Club serves meals and snacks to the kids in the new kitchen provided by donations from the community.

The inside walls of the Club are mostly still painted from the original middle school.

Many areas though have new paint. Saturday Victory Life Church members were on location to paint and do work at the old school. Larry Long, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Durant was ecstatic over the work they would do.

Long said the community of Durant really comes out to support the Boys and Girls Club, more so than other communities he has been in.

He wanted to thank everyone in Durant and the area who have helped make the facility a better place for the kids who attend there.

Victory Life Church members put in a hard day’s work at the Boys and Girls Club.

Jeremy Sheriff with Victory Life said, “We cleaned out their courtyard so when they want to plant a garden next year, they have room. We pulled out the old holly bushes and took everything down to dirt. We got their playground set with the ground up rubber in place. We painted one of their gym walls, and we painted all their upstairs hallways and two classrooms.”

Sheriff wanted to thank Sherwin Williams for their donation of paint to the Boys and Girls Club of Durant.

Michelin of Ardmore donated ground up rubber tires to make the playground softer for the kids.

Victory Life members signed up and rode the bus to the Club. Sheriff said, “We had 250 for our service day. We had a group go to Avalon Apartments and they had a block party for them. We gave away shoes to the kids there. We gave away bikes. Then we went to Grace Baptist Church and helped with their parking lot.”

He said they painted at Grace Baptist too Saturday.

Sheriff said, “We want to make it an annual event. We have 13 locations with approximately 1000 members helping today throughout the country. We wanted to get out and serve today for service day.”

Larry Long with the Club of Durant said a heartfelt thank you to the Victory Life group and his employees after the work was completed.The group assembled for a group photo

Long said, “Thank you so much. You make a difference in kid’s lives. There’s nothing better than that.”

Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or dpennington@civitasmedia.com

Victory Life members along with Boys and Girls Club employees painted and fixed parts of the Boys and Girls Club Saturday. Larry Long Executive Director thanked them for helping to make the kids lives better.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_group.jpgVictory Life members along with Boys and Girls Club employees painted and fixed parts of the Boys and Girls Club Saturday. Larry Long Executive Director thanked them for helping to make the kids lives better. Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

Franchesca Lozano, Art Director at Boys and Girls Club, Dorine Scribner with Victory Life, and Krista Winters, Educational Director with Boys and Girls Club do finish work on the projects Saturday.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_3-women.jpgFranchesca Lozano, Art Director at Boys and Girls Club, Dorine Scribner with Victory Life, and Krista Winters, Educational Director with Boys and Girls Club do finish work on the projects Saturday. Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

Aimie Sheriff puts finishing touches on one of the activity rooms at the Boys and Girls Club of Durant Saturday.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Aimie-Sheriff.jpgAimie Sheriff puts finishing touches on one of the activity rooms at the Boys and Girls Club of Durant Saturday. Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

By Dan Pennington

dpennington@civitasmedia.com

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