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Greetings, dear readers,

This weekend the public will have an opportunity to see what commitment to children and the community looks like.

After years of anticipation, the Milford Boys & Girls Club is having a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening debuting the new Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club located off of Airport Road on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 38,000-square-foot facility – nearly four times the size of the prior club located at 105 N.E. Front St. — features a six-lane swimming pool, a full gym, computer lab, education center, several multi-purpose rooms for before- and after-school care and a teen area just for the older club members.

The new club is expected to serve 2,000 children, compared to the 600 children served at the N.E. Front St. location, according to George Krupanski, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware.

Just think about what this project means in an area that has about 7,500 school-aged children living within a 10-mile radius.

It signals to these young ones that they are the heart  of our society and that the community is willing to invest in their physical and academic well-being.

It means the old “there’s nothing to do” excuse is pretty much moot, and children and their families will have a plethora of activities to explore.

Just the pool alone will expand the horizons of local children and adults, who will be able to reap – year-round — the physical benefits of swimming while learning potentially life-saving skills at the same time.

Job well done, Boys & Girls Club and Milfordians, on bringing such a meaningful project to fruition. I’m proud of you, and your youth thanks you.

Kanika Georges