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City of NLR provides funding after Boys and Girls Club closes its doors
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Rose City Boys and Girls Club had to close its doors due to lack of funding, but the 75 kids and teens in the club are not without a place to go.

The city of North Little Rock swooped in with a plan. They found the funding themselves to make the facility their fifth community center in North Little Rock.

"I felt like the day was coming, just not this soon," said Tanya Sheppard, whose three kids all went to the Rose City Boys and Girls Club. Her youngest daughter Tamaya still goes there.

"I started my academics there, it just really bring me out of my box," said Tamaya Sheppard.

When they heard it shut down Monday, the Sheppard Family felt like they were losing a second home.

"I do know with funding, it only goes so far," said Tanya Sheppard.

Without enough money to operate, the Boys and Girls Club backed out. However, North Little Rock came in to bridge the gap.

"Their child will be watched and encouraged to stay and be part of the program. Instead of getting out and running up and down the street," said Tina Worrell, superintendent of NLR Parks and Recreation.

Worrell said the concept will remain the same, but there will be a couple changes, including a hike in price.

"Ours is $15 per month. If you figure its 20 days per month, the child gets to come to the program. That's less than a dollar a day," said Worrell.

When the Boys and Girls Club oversaw this program, it was $65 a year to attend. Once the city takes over, it'll be $150, but the upside is that they'll be offering scholarships. And the amount that they'll offer is unlimited.

"So, any child who applies, and the parents make the effort to apply and are willing to volunteer their time," said Worrell.

Other changes include doubling staff and more organization. "With a limited staff like that, they were not able to offer more programming," said Worrell.

Open hours, snacks and sports will stay the same, and Tamaya is hoping the tradition will too. "Things may be different, but I'll try to quickly adjust, but things will be missing. It'll be a different vibe."

On Monday, Parks and Recreation will start moving into the building. They are doing a deep clean and re-painting the walls. They said doors will be open on January 4 when school is back after Christmas break.

To apply for Rose City Community Center Scholarship: http://nlrpr.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=96195&pageId=99590

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2016.


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