Gautier Boys & Girls Club gets new learning center

By Patrice Clark- bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -  More than 60 kids will soon move into a state-of-the-art Boys and Girls Club building in Gautier.

"I think it is excellent,"  Club Director Lafreida Ray said.

Ray said her students have outgrown the current building.  She also said the place is rapidly declining, and Hurricane Katrina left a couple damaging marks in and outside the club.

"We are dealing with mold in our ceilings. Our faucets are running; when you turn them off they are still running. The kids have to come in and cram in on rainy days."

Executive Director Catherine Glaude said the new building cost $250,000. She said the 3,000 square foot facility is fresh, colorful and roomy. Glaude believes those are three must haves when you are dealing with kids.

"We have classrooms for different ages. We have recreational room. We have arts and crafts room. We have a computer lab and restroom that's handicap accessible," Glaude said.

The women have not let their students see inside of the new facility yet, but they believe the upgrades will definitely put a smile on their little faces.

"I think the children will really enjoy this new facility. The staff is anticipating it, as well as myself. Gautier really did need this facility, and I can't thank enough the people who put in the hard work," Ray said.

Club directors say the building was paid for with Hurricane Recovery Funds from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  The Boys and Girls Club ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 20th, on Ladnier Road in Gautier. The event will begin at 3:30 pm.

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