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B&G Club reduces transportation costs

The Arlington Boys & Girls Club now offers transportation to the club from school for $25 per month

 

April 11, 2018 | View PDF

The Arlington Boys & Girls Club has greatly reduced the cost of transportation from local middle schools to the club.

The price used to be $150 per month for after-school transportation, but now that program has been reduced to $25 per month.

The new program began on April 9.

"It is for both the middle schools in Arlington and also the middle school in Lakewood," said Kristina Helland, teen program director at the club.

Two vans help take kids from Haller Middle School to the club, while there is one van for Post Middle School and one for Lakewood Middle School.

"We have more kids that come from Haller Middle School to our club right now," said Helland.

The club still has spots open for all of the middle school vans, although they are filling up.

Helland is currently trying to get the word out and she expects that once the program begins and more people hear about it, there will be increased interest as well.

"I feel like our vans will fill up pretty quickly," she said.

Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students are picked up at their middle school and transported to the Arlington Boys & Girls Club at 18513 59th Ave. NE, Arlington.

Half days are included as part of the program.

Helland said that the club wanted to reduce their costs to reach more local kids who could use a place to socialize after their school is out.

"Our goal was to reach more kids who are old enough that they can go home alone," she said, "and we can provide a place to go outside of the home."

The club provides someplace local for kids to enjoy their afternoons and evenings with each other.

"It's a safe place for all of our kids," said Helland.

"Some parents are excited just to have some supervision," she said.

The Arlington Boys & Girls Club offers many programs for kids stopping by.

"Many kids like to come just to use the gyms here," said Helland.

After-school snacks and help with homework are also available during parts of the day at the club, she said.

The recently opened Teen Center provides kids with computers, music equipment and other activities like pool tables.

The center also has specific programs like their Teen Nights every Friday or the "My.Future" program which provides kids a chance to connect online and learn different computing skills like video editing or coding.

More information about the club's new transportation initiative is available at their website at bgcsc.org/snohomish-clubs/arlington-club/ or at the Teen Center Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/arlingtonteencenter.

"Of course they can always stop by the club and talk to me directly as well," said Helland.

 

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