Boys and Girls Club showcases impact with ribbon cutting, tour

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Community and business leaders from across the parish joined the Natchitoches Boys and Girls Club for a ribbon cutting event, Oct. 5.

Nathan Wilson
The Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana (BGCA) hosted a ribbon cutting event Wednesday, Oct. 5 to showcase the impact of the Natchitoches Club.
The event provided opportunities for community members to meet Natchitoches Boys and Girls Club staff and tour the facilities where students learn, study and play.
“Our goal is to serve the kids who need us most,” said BGCA President and CEO Rhyan Wheeler during a speech to the Club’s assembled supporters. “We may have to change our name,” she joked.

BGCA President and CEO Rhyan Wheeler discusses how opening a Natchitoches Club fits into the organizations mission of being where there is a need. At left is Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. who spoke to the city’s support and appreciation of the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana’s Natchitoches Club.

Club Director De’Andrea “Coach D” Taylor noted that club staff provides academic support to around 75 students during the first hour of each afternoon followed by snacks and enrichment activities that support student’s academic and social development. “It’s a great job to have, and I’m very thankful,” she said.
Vanner Erikson, left center, Co-Chair of the Boys and Girl’s Club Advisory Council and Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair speaks to assembled guests about the club’s contribution to the community. Photos by Nathan Wilson

Staff offered tours of the club’s study and game areas following the official ribbon cutting to demonstrate the progress the organization has made in providing a safe and positive environment that combines opportunities for learning and recreation.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in the program should contact the Natchitoches Boys and Girls Club at (318) 238-2205 to learn about availability.