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Potential Hibbing Boys & Girls Club moves forward

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HIBBING — Only months after forming an exploratory task force to investigate opening a Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing, a group of community members that are passionate about helping young people have achieved major milestones towards this goal.

Site, transportation, and a signed agreement with the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland have been secured. The goal is to open a new Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing in the fall of 2022.

At its November 17 meeting, the Hibbing School Board strongly supported the creation of a local Boys & Girls Club. Hibbing Superintendent of Schools Rick Aldrich stated, “The Hibbing Public Schools are excited to work together with our local committee to establish a Boys & Girls Club within our community.”

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Organizers signed a formal agreement on November 11 moving forward with a site for the new Boys & Girls Club in Hibbing, under the Northland Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of America. There are already established sites in Duluth, Grand Rapids/Greenway, and Superior.

For 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have provided evidence-based programming that is available, affordable, and accessible to all. Programming falls under one of three pillars: academic excellence, character and leadership development, and healthy lifestyles.

“We all recognize the growing need to support our students after the last bell rings at the end of the school day,” added Superintendent Aldrich.

The Hibbing School District issued a letter of commitment indicating it is prepared to provide, at no cost, classroom and space to the Boys & Girls Club within its schools and, also at no cost, provide Hibbing students transportation to the after-school location(s) on regularly scheduled school days.

The Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing will provide after-school and summer programming for all K-12 youth. Boys & Girls Clubs are a place that provides young people with a safe and positive environment, supportive relationships with caring adults, and a place that recognizes kids for who they are.

“The thorough and consistent mentoring provided by the Boys & Girls Club aligns perfectly with our district’s mission,” Superintendent Aldrich said.

Membership to participate in the Boys & Girls Club is nominal and no child will be turned away because of ability to pay. The committee is working to secure grants, business, and individual donations to cover year one of its operating budget as well as securing pledges to cover its second-year costs.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing, email bgchibbing@gmail.com. Tax-deductible donations, made payable to the Boys & Girls Club of Hibbing, can be mailed to P.O. Box 613, Hibbing, MN 55746.

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