Boys and Girls Club New Facility

There's great news for children living on the south side of Tallahassee. Starting Tuesday a huge after school hideaway will open its doors. The new facility is expected to spark interest in children young and old.

Children: get ready for something new, something fun, something never seen before in Tallahassee.

Joe Hall, Direct of Community Affairs for the Boys and Girls Club, says, “When kids come by the first thing they say is when will it open? What’s going on?”

What will soon go on is dancing, crafting, exercising and of course, learning. The boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend has a brand new facility, one so big it could house several of the club’s smaller sites.

Buddy Streit, President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend, adds, “It's important to have a home base. Never had that before, operated mostly out of schools and borrowed facilities.”

Another perk is the little tikes are welcome too, because Kids Incorporated is in the house with its Early Start program.

With doors opening at the Laura Lee site, staff are filled with anticipation. Soon, hundreds of children will flood these rooms. It's a project almost complete.

Just behind the new center you'll find a valuable piece of property. By looks alone it's no wonder the abandoned school has sat idly for 23 years, but the club's president says it has all the potential for a performing arts academy.

Streit says it's a lofty goal, one he's very optimistic his club will reach. The grand opening for the new Laura Lee Boys and Girls Club will be Tuesday at 4:30 with a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m.