COVINGTON — The Newton County Boys and Girls Club held its grand opening Monday evening, showcasing all the amenities and programs that will now be offered to young people in the community.

The campus, located at 13634 Brown Bridge Road near West Newton Elementary and Veterans Memorial Middle School, features a teen center as well as a game zone and learning zone.

The Newton County Club seeks to provide a safe and positive environment for children in middle school and high school. Programs will focus on academic success, character, leadership development and healthy lifestyles.

“We are so grateful to all who gave their time, treasures and talents to turn this dream into reality,” said BGCNG Director Bob Mackey. “This is just the beginning of the lifelong impacts Newton County youth will get to experience because of this club. Great futures will unfold here, flourish here and develop here into successful adults. Come by for a club visit, learn how you can become a volunteer and see for yourself what we are doing together. On behalf of our teens, thank you.”

In 2017, concerned residents of Newton County came together to address generational poverty in the community. This group of leaders and concerned residents worked to bring a Boys & Girls Club to the community.

Partial funding for the Boys & Girls Club came from the 2017 special purpose local option sales tax referendum approved by voters. The referendum earmarked $500,000 for a westside youth outreach facility.

Membership applications and the required materials are available at www.bgcncg.com/newtoncounty.

For other inquiries about memberships or program details, email Club Director Nakita Williams at nwilliams@bgcncg.com.

The Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia will have its annual Duck Derby Race at Porterdale Yellow River Park on Saturday, June 29. Ducks can be purchased for $20 each online, with all benefits going towards local clubs.

Keep up to date with the Newton County Club on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newtoncountybgcncg.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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