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Boys & Girls Clubs officially established

Posted: October 1, 2018 4:06 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Boys and Girls Clubs of Kershaw County Executive Director Robin Saviola

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands recently established the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kershaw County.

“I am extremely excited about this new organization because it will help to provide better and more comprehensive programs for the youth of the Kershaw County community,” Boys & Girls Clubs State Executive Director Carter Clark said. “The Boys & Girls Clubs have enjoyed a fantastic partnership with Kershaw County, and I look forward to even bigger things to come.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kershaw County currently operate eight afterschool programs in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools, serving more than 450 students, in addition to the Jackson Teen Center (JTC). The JTC is housed in the old Jackson High School and serves approximately 200 students per day. The JTC’s Job Readiness program has earned statewide recognition.

The executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kershaw County is Robin Saviola, who has worked extensively with the afterschool programs in Kershaw County for the past six years. The board for the new entity is chaired by Edwin Kohn. The members of the new board include the Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons, Joe Sullivan, Anthony Arnold, Margret Bishop, Billy Smith, Buzzy Myers, Kevin Rhodes, Carter Clark, Tammy Braun and former KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan.

In addition to expanding programs in Kershaw County, the new board also hopes to raise money to make improvements to the JTC facility, with the first priority being to install air conditioning and restrooms in the gym.

This effort recently received a matching gift from Second Look Charities of Camden.

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