BGCA club facility undergoing renovations
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 06:00 am
The Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie’s (BGCA) facility used for children’s programming on Allen Street is receiving a much-needed facelift.
The renovations, which include paint, flooring and storage upgrades, are being donated to the BGCA by the local Sherwin-Williams and Home Depot, according to BGCA children’s program manager Fawne Grayer.
“For the community to come together and help us out with something we provide for the youth is awesome,” she said. “We’re very appreciative and everybody we’ve worked with has been amazing.”
Helping the community through projects such as the BGCA renovation has been a long-standing initiative of Sherwin-Williams, according to district manager Laura Liberatore.
She said employees have enjoyed being involved in projects that have the ability to refresh a space and brighten the day for both the organization and community.
“It’s an opportunity to partner and give back to a place that might not normally get a full repaint,” Liberatore said. “As members of society, it’s our job to do what we can to give back.”
The club offers after-school programs Monday to Friday for children in grades 1 through 6, as well as programming for professional development days, spring break, evening events and summer camp, according to BGCA club co-ordinator Emily Graves.
Though additions have been built onto the clubhouse since it first opened, she said it’s well overdue for renovations.
“This is where kids come to hang out after school,” Graves said. “It’s important that it be welcoming and fun for them.”
Sherwin-Williams will paint the offices, kitchen, bathrooms and the main space, Grayer said, while Home Depot will lay flooring and provide storage units to allow the club to better organize items such as craft supplies and sports equipment.
The club currently has a storage room but Grayer said it gets full quickly. Having units the kids can access and pull in and out would allow BGCA to better utilize the space, she said.
Graves said she hopes the renovations will allow her to create more stations for games, arts and crafts that flow from one to the other so the kids always have something creative and fun to do.
The renovations are scheduled for completion on May 5 and Grayer said BGCA will host an open house to show off the new look to the community.
“We get to promote what we do and how much fun we have here,” she said.