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The Boys & Girls Clubs’ Buena Vista program will begin its 14th year of programming on Aug. 22, the first day of school.

In August the venerable youth development organization shifted its location slightly, moving from the former early childhood center behind Avery-Parsons Elementary back into the school itself, the program’s original home from 2006 to 2014.

Executive director Brian Beaulieu explained the reason for the short move. “The facility needs for all students in Buena Vista to continue to grow. As the most vital youth development organization in Chaffee County, we need to help kids and families and be flexible as we respond to the needs of our community.

“We meet kids where they are, where they need us and will do whatever it takes to make sure our award-winning programs can grow and thrive.”

As the school’s early childhood program moved back into their own former space, the club shifted to make everything work.

“We looked at what made sense for kids and families first,” Beaulieu said. “It’s never easy to move, especially after succeeding in a space that was home for the past 5 years. But everyone came together to make the best of a challenging situation. We had to move fast and our staff did so, without missing a beat, providing a full, fun, 11-week program 9 hours a day, every day this summer.”

Beaulieu also recognized and thanked the Buena Vista School District and Darren Patterson Christian Academy leadership teams, administrative staff and support staff.

Buena Vista superintendent Lisa Yates, Avery-Parsons principal Judy Lynn and Darren Patterson Christian Academy’s Ashley Blazer all rallied to help Boys & Girls Club.

“We are successful in Buena Vista and the county because our educational leaders understand the needs of our students. When school is out, the Club is IN. We work together to make sure we help kids in Buena Vista, especially those who need us most!”

The shift in location will also serve as another impetus to move the Boys & Girls Club of Buena Vista toward a more permanent home.

“We plan on working together to finally get a home that works for the long-term,” Beaulieu said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County serves children ages 6 to 18, 233 days a year. For more information about the club and its programs, visit www.bgcchaffee.org or call Brian at 719-539-9500.

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