Posted August 21, 2019
Nebraska leaders, educators, and community advocates gathered Monday, August 12 at 6:00pm for the official Ribbon Cutting & Open House at the newly constructed Hawkins Family Westside Boys & Girls Club. The facility at 1312 Robertson Dr. has 15,000 square feet of dedicated club space, connecting hundreds of children with hope and opportunity after school and during the summer.
Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands has operated a Club at Westside’s Westbrook Elementary since 2005, using existing school space to provide quality care to children ages 6 to 18. The new Club, connected to Westbrook, includes a state-of-the-art Innovation Center where members will be able to fly drones, code robots, and more.
“Our commitment to children doesn’t end at 3:30 when the final bell rings each day,” said Westside Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas. “This beautiful new facility renews the incredible partnership Westside Community Schools has with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands and our community, to ensure our learners are nurtured and empowered both during and after school.”
“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is honored to continue our partnership with Westside Community Schools,” said Ivan Gilreath, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. “Our afterschool program at Westbrook Elementary will have a newly built facility that will be safe, fun and equipped with a state of the art Innovation Center that will have the latest and greatest technology, including a drone obstacle course. This Center will also be available to the school during school hours. Our partnership will provide opportunities to assist youth in being successful academically and socially.”
Speakers and special guests included Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Omaha City Councilman Brinker Harding, and Karen Hawkins, for which the Club is named after. Hundreds of students and families also attended to celebrate the new building and see everything it has to offer students.