Carver Boys & Girls Club getting needed upgrades

5:52 PM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- More than 100 youngsters and teenagers come to the George Washington Carver Club in Northeast Atlanta every afternoon to learn and play.

"We provide opportunity for our kids. It's a place to go besides hanging out in the street," said executive director Terry Walker.

The kids love it.

"We go swimming. We go on field trips. We have parties and stuff," said one youngster.

"We have different areas we can go to and sometimes we get free time but most of the time we learn," said another.

In order to foster learning, the club needed updated equipment -- starting in the kitchen.

"We have a stove right here that I think has been in the kitchen since 1974. It needs to be replaced for the safety of the children," Walker said.

Atlanta-based Home Depot is helping to retool the kitchen and work on new applicances and shelving. In addition, Home Depot says they will be adding building box gardens outside, so the youngsters can learn how to grow their own vegetables.

The student lounge, which serves more than 25 teenagers daily as a place for study groups as well as career and college preparation, also needed to be upgraded. There simply are not enough seats to go around.

"Some of the young people in building have to go to other places to pull seats and chairs and tables to accommodate what they are doing for that day," Walker said.

Rooms to Go is solving that problem, bringing new chairs, tables, a sofa and lamps to to Carver Boys and Girls Club.

The Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Clubs operate 25 centers in 10 counties.

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