Friday, March 11, 2016

Boys & Girls Club Celebrates Opening

The Boys and Girls Club of Sequoyah County held a ribbon cutting and open house Friday at the club’s new quarters in the old Tommie Spear Middle School Media Center in Sallisaw. The club opened doors at the new facility in January. Visitors toured the new building and heard how the new facility has increased the number of children the club may host. Currently the club has an attendance of over 1,100 which includes students at the five satellite clubs and Liberty School in Sallisaw.

Albert Sanchez painted the murals which decorate the rooms at the Boys and Girls Club of Sequoyah County’s new facility on Main Street in Sallisaw. Each room in the new facility, which is owned by the Sallisaw Public School System, has a different purpose. Children attending may play games, watch television and movies or do their homework or work on special projects.

Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker, left, speaks to the crowd Friday at the ribbon cutting and open house held at the new facilities of the Boys and Girls Club of Sequoyah County in Sallisaw. The Cherokee Nation, represented by Baker and Tribal Councilman Bryan Warner, right, assisted with the financing and renovation of the building from a school media center to a club for local children. Noreen Reininger, club CEO, said others who assisted are KXMX, The Mix 105.1, represented by owner Darren Girdner, center, National Bank, Firstar Bank, Sonic Drive In, the Employees of Redbird Smith Health Center, and hundreds of other volunteers.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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