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Boys and Girls Club Teen Program Receives Financial Boost

 

Sidney middle school student, Ashton Swenson, shows off his my.future project.

The teen program at the Boys and Girls Club of Richland County received a tremendous boost recently thanks to the generosity of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and some local donors.

The my.future program, formerly club tech, recently received a $10,000 grant from the foundation, with a promise of an additional $10,000 if matching funds could be found.

The day after the article appeared in the papers, the club received three phone calls from individuals wishing to match this grant. The first two donors gave $2,500 and $7,500, meeting the match requirement, and securing the second $10,000 from the foundation.

When the second caller was informed that the matching funds had already been raised, she donated $5,000 towards the building fund, with hope for a pledge for an additional $5,000 this fall. The third caller will match another grant coming up later this spring. All the donors wish to remain anonymous.

Boys and Girls Club my.future personnel teach middle and high school students how to code, build robots and use technology. Part of the initial Washington Foundation grant was used to purchase five ipad minis for use by the students. To see photos of activities at the club, including my.future, please visit their facebook page, boysandgirlsclubofrichlandcountymt.

The Boys and Girls Club will host their Annual Event and Auction on Saturday, April 2. For tickets, please call the club at 406-433-6763.

 

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