Sometimes in life, all you have to do is ask.
The Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Larry Long put out the word through the Durant Daily Democrat that he needed a playground for his kids at the club.
In a recently published article, he said they could really use a playground to add to the improvements they’ve been making to the facility.
According to Long, it wasn’t long after the article was published that he received a call and a donation.
DISD Superintendent Duane Merideth had previously worked it out with the Boys and Girls Club so they could purchase the building they are in, the former Durant Middle School.
By owning the building, the club can qualify for many more grants than when they were just as tenants.
Long said, “Superintendent Duane Merideth saw the article in the Durant Daily Democrat, that we needed a playground. He’s donating the playground from George Washington School. They have a man who will dig the pieces up, bring them to us, and set it up. We are very happy with the gift.”
A special event taking place at the club has the kids excited.
The Kiwanis Scholastic Book Fair has allowed every student to take home their very own books to add to their collection. Some children may not have books at home and Long and the Kiwanis want to change that.
Ryan Richardson of Durant Kiwanis said, “The Kiwanis set up a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. We put together the Reading Oasis room here at the club. We love sponsoring the Scholastic Book Fair where we take 200 kids and they get a $10 gift credit.”
Each student enrolled and attending the Boys and Girls Club, will get a buy one, get one free offer from Scholastic.
Richardson said, “The credit is only for children of the Boys and Girls Club, but, any child can come buy books while the fair is open.”
The books vary on a wide range of subjects, all kid popular.
Richardson said, “Our mission of the Kiwanis is to help the kids of Bryan County. It’s been a great partnership with the Boys and Girls Club by helping them get started and all they’ve been able to do. We are fulfilling our mission as well.”
Long said, “This has been a tremendous success. We’ve had 191 students through the book fair since we started Tuesday. We are very happy with the Kiwanis for helping with the book fair.”
Merideth said, “We had some things over at our Vision Academy, our old George Washington School. I saw in the paper where they were looking for equipment. We didn’t have a use for that over there and if they needed it, we wanted them to have it.”
According to both Long and Merideth, the playground equipment will do a lot of people, a lot of good.
Merideth said, “It’s going for a great cause, that’s all we are concerned about, helping the kids.”
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