School Board Set to OK Contract for Boys & Girls Club in Natomas

boysandgirlsclublogoBY ROBYN EIFERTSEN
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz

The Natomas Unified School District is expected to OK plans for a brand-new Boys & Girls Club program and accept thousands of dollars for scholarships from the Carpenters Union Local 586 at a board meeting Wednesday night.

The meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. on April 15 with open session scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

If approved, the contract between the Natomas Unified School District district and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento will create after-school and summer programs at the Inderkum High School effective April 16, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

The Boys & Girls Club program will make use of the high school’s career center, gym, tennis courts and outdoor fields, per the contract. Summer programs may also be held at North Natomas Regional Park, which is located across the street from the Inderkum campus.

The new Boys & Girls Club program will be the first offered in Natomas. It mirrors seven similar programs already operating throughout the greater Sacramento area affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a non-profit organization which provides a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours, when youth would otherwise be unsupervised. Programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles supervised recreation programs while providing friendship opportunities.

The new program in Natomas is being paid for by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. It will be open to all Natomas youth, according to the school board agenda.

Mayor Pro Temp Angelique Ashby announced plans for the new Boys & Girls Club program during her State of Natomas address last month. The eight-week camp will is meant for children ages 6-12 and is slated to run June 8 to July 31.

Also on the school board’s agenda is accepting $11,000 in scholarship donations from the Carpenters Union Local 46. The funds were originally set aside by Local 586 which was recently absorbed into 46.

The donations will pay for two $1,000 scholarships to 2015 graduates through the Salvador Heredia Arriaga Football Scholarship Fund. The remaining $9,000 will fund $3,000 in scholarships to 2015 graduates, $3,000 in scholarships to 2016 graduates, and $3,000 in scholarships to 2017 graduates.

The Natomas Unified School District board room is located at 1901 Arena Boulevard.

For more information or to sign up for the Boys & Girls Club summer program in Natomas, contact Jon Rango at [email protected] or (530) 321-0622.

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