Its just one corner of a cavernous 28,000-square-foot Moseley Center but the Education Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County is key.
Thats where as many as 50 kids each day do homework after school, with tutoring from club staff, community volunteers and BSU students. It now has new paint, carpet, windows, a library and doors that connect to the teen center and the art room.
The kids are really excited about it, said Colleen Braga, the clubs executive director. It is a huge improvement over what we had.
A $35,000 renovation of the Education Center was completed about two weeks ago, and the club is holding a celebration Wednesday.
The Garden City Urban Renewal Agency contributed $7,000 toward the project. Local members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry donated $5,000, plus materials and labor.
The club serves kids ages 6 to 18, primarily the children of working and low-income parents. A bus transports kids from five Boise schools and one Garden City school to the club.
The Moseley Center has a game room, teen room and technology lab. The tech lab has been moved to a new second-floor room, and 20 computers acquired with private foundation grants were installed Tuesday.
A significant portion of the building is a gym. In the fall, Idaho Stampede players practice during the day, before kids arrive.
Braga said the Stampede donated the floor for the gym and recently built a small weight room that is available for the kids to use.
The club is open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday during the school year, and families pay just $10 a year. Its open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer.
Katy Moeller: 377-6413