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4/23/2014 9:01:00 AM
Boys & Girls Clubs will reopen May 5
Executive Director Gerald Szostak
Executive Director Gerald Szostak
Briana Lonas

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona will celebrate the grand reopening of its Prescott Valley and Prescott clubs May 5.

"When the kids walk in, they will see a clean, updated computer center and a new art room. The kids will notice all of the improvements," said club Events and Grants Coordinator Kristen Kerns.

From May 5 to May 23 the Prescott Valley club will be open to all students, "and it's free," she said. The summer day camp runs $50 a week plus the one time $25 club membership charge, contingent on income levels.

The after-school program runs from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Starting May 27, the clubs will begin summer programs. Summer hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through the last week in July.

In the fall, the club will charge a $40 monthly fee for each student, half of the previous charge imposed in the past. Family scholarships will be available, Kerns said.

The clubs closed their doors in mid-February in order to restructure after struggling financially in recent months when funding sources dwindled. Ten employees were laid off as a result of the closure, which displaced approximately 225 students.

In addition, low registration numbers prevented adequate funding at the state and national levels.

The club will continue with its learning programs that focus on self-esteem and character building, Kerns said. In addition, the staff at both club locations will have completed a better training program.

The club did hire back some employees and restructured its management team to include Kerns and Executive Director Gerald Szostak.

Szostak managed two locations in the Phoenix area, serving approximately 1,600 children, prior to moving to Prescott.

The Boys and Girls Clubs are at 335 E. Aubrey Street in Prescott, and 8201 E. Loos Drive in Prescott Valley. For more information, visit www.bgccaz.org.

Patrick Whitehurst, The Daily Courier, contributed to this article.

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