By: Monica Scott, MLive Media Group
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids is now able to serve more Grand Rapids schools students at its three sites thanks to a new partnership with Dean Transportation, according to Nicole Rodammer, the director of development.
In 2013, the Boys & Girls Club served 2,675 students. As of Jan. 21, GRPS is now providing bus service to current club students as well those who previously lacked transportation to the sites.
Rodammer said they are looking to add as many as 90 kids per day total from Stocking Elementary, Dickinson and Martin Luther King Leadership academies. She said the program serves roughly 300 kids a day.
“For the first time in our organization’s history, we have the ability to bus our club members after school to our club locations from three different targeted GRPS school," said Rick Huisman, executive director of the club.
“This is an exciting time for all of us at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.''
Rodammer said the services from Dean Transportation, the district's bus provider, comes at no additional cost to the clubs or the district. She said budget cuts forced Grand Rapids to cut several of its after school programs in recent years and the clubs can help fill that void.
Students attend the clubs after school for assistance with homework and other academic support as well as extracurricular activities. The clubs are open from 3 to 7 p.m. for children ages 6 to 12, and as late as 9 p.m. for teenagers.
The Boys & Girls Clubs are the Steil Club, 235 Straight Ave. NW; Paul I. Phillips Club, 726 Madison St. SE; and the Seidman Club, 139 Crofton St. SE.