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Posted January 21, 2014

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Boys & Girls Club Opens at Emerson ES

It's the first club to open at a school in the Southwest region.

A new Boys & Girls Club had its official opening on the campus of Emerson Elementary last week as officials from both the national organization and local officials marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting at the school.

The club actually started offering programs at the school in December as about 100 members joined and another 100 applied to join and were placed on a waiting list.

“This just shows how much interest there is in a club like this at our school,” said principal Denise Brigman, as she welcomed students, staff and officials to the ribbon-cutting event Emerson.

Albuquerque Public Schools Supt. Winston Brooks, Mayor Richard Berry and officials from the Boys & Girls Clubs including Tim Sheahan, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico, and Lorraine Orr, senior vice president of the Boys & Girls Clubs or America, were just a few of the officials who joined in the festivities to mark to the opening of club, which is staffed by both adults and high school students, who help guide members in after-school activities.

Supt. Brooks told those gathered for the event that the club is part of the efforts to turn-around the school, which for many years has struggled to help students make academic progress. “That progress has already begun as reading and math scores on standardized tests showed improvement last year,” Brooks said.

The club is funded in part by the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Community Schools program and the United Way of Central New Mexico.

 

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