By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Boys and Girls Club celebrated 70-years of making a difference in children's lives Saturday. The club was created back in 1940, and for the past seven decades they've helped thousands of local children.
Hundreds of former and current members showed up for the 70th anniversary celebration, and although the kids get to enjoy all the fun and games provided by the club it's touching their lives in a bigger way.
"Our clubs teach these kids honesty, responsibility; they teach them how to socialize with the other members and it really is a great way for us to teach leadership to a lot of our young people," Executive Director Tom Vermillion said.
Rebecca Ramirez's four daughters can vouch for that. "It teaches how to be respectful with other people and obey the rules," Ramirez's 12-year-old daughter Desiree DeLeon said. "It gives you a lot of ideas what you can do in the future," she said.
For the past three years, all of Ramirez's daughters have attended the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, getting help with homework, watching movies and programs about saying no to drugs, and just having a mentor to talk to when they need it. But it is Ramirez's nine-year-old daughter Jadea that's been helped the most.
"They help her with writing, her spelling, and they pretty much take good care of her cause they know she has a special need. They keep a close eye on her," said Ramirez.
When Jadea was five months old she contracted meningitis, causing brain damage and putting her two years behind others her age. "In her head she's seven, so she needs that extra push to get her back on track," said Ramirez.
Thanks to the organization, Jadea is now on the AB Honor Roll and is doing tremendously better in school. "She's doing a whole lot better, actually she's doing 100% better," said Ramirez. "It's a good place to have your kids. I love it and I don't think I would put them anywhere else," she said.
If you would like to get involved, all children ages 6 to 18 can attend the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club. Membership only cost $10 a year and there are four different locations around town including one in Shallowater.
To learn more about the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club you click here to visit their website.
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