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41 A positive place to go after school Walk through the doors of the Boys & Girls Club on Royall Avenue during peak hours — weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. — and prepare to be met by sensory overload. There is a lot going on –– tutoring and homework in one area, games and activities in another, basket- ball in the gym, a Bible study and snack time in a side class- room. Serving ages 6 through 18, an estimated 900 club mem- bers participate in the club's four locations. In addition to the Goldsboro site, there are satellite programs in Fre- mont, Mount Olive and Selma, says executive director Mary Ann Dudley. This is her 18th year at the helm. "We're serving the kids who need us most," she said. "The majority of the children and parents that sign their kids up are truly those that really need the Boys & Girls Club most. They may not have the resources to do other opportuni- ties. "At $10 a year, we are open to all kids regardless of back- ground. It does not matter. But for those who tend to use our services, we're affordable." The club is open weekdays during the school year, as well as the summer months and on early-release and teacher work- days. In addition to fun stuff like athletics and other activities, there is a strong emphasis on academics, through the "Power Hour" homework time. Nation- ally, the club boasts a graduation rate among its members of 87 percent, compared to the national average of 66 percent. "Your outcomes are based on collection of report cards," Mrs. Dudley said. "If children come without homework then they still have to do power sheets. You still have to do something education- ally in that program. "Under the Aim for Success program, like your Power Hour, your career development, your job preparedness, anything you do, we have what we call high yield learning programs. That's fun activities that have an educa- tional twist to it." Another big part of the pro- gram's success is the support that Raytrell Caldwell gives direction to a group of teens playing basketball at the Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Stephen Miller, 9, and Jeremiah Blanco, 8, get help with their homework from Faith Christian Academy students Alanna Patterson, 13, and Taylor Skinner, 17, on Wednesday, Jan. 25. See POSITIVE PLACE, Page 42 Story by PHYLLIS MOORE Photos by CASEY MOZINGO Boys and Girls Clubs give kids a safe place to go after school to study, play and learn. Life after 60: The Peggy Seegars Senior Center offers older population activities that are fun and enlightening. More to Girl Scouts: Girl Scouts offer programs and initiatives to help the community. Airmen in business: Former airmen join the community with enthusiastic business ventures. COMMUNITY

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