Literacy Center of Excellence
The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton is excited to announce the opening of our new Literacy Center of Excellence, a 2,700 square foot expansion of our building and new site of our Club’s reading intervention program!
Literacy Center Ribbon Cutting | Thursday, May 9, 2019
In January of 2014 the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton launched a comprehensive reading intervention program. Since then Club staff members have seen direct improvements in participants' reading skills, focus, motivation and self-esteem.
There was just one problem: Space.
The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton lacked adequate space to expand the program to meet the literacy needs of all its members. To solve this problem the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton launched a Literacy Center of Excellence & Capital Improvement Campaign in August 2017 with a goal to raise $585,000.
With incredible and enthusiastic support from the Bluffton community, and a $75,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton raised more than $650,000 in less than one year, and began construction on the 2,700 square foot Literacy Center of Excellence expansion with a goal to open in the spring of 2019.
This expansion will double the number of children served in the reading intervention program. The capital campaign also allowed the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton to renovate its parking lot to add 50 additional parking spaces, expand its S.T.E.M. program into the former reading program space and soon will bring approximately 100 additional members into the Club, which holds a waiting list of over 200 families ready to enroll when space becomes available.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Literacy Center of Excellence was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton on Thursday, May 9 at 11:00 AM.