Boys and Girls Clubs fill a need

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Clermont County is an after-school and summer program which is helping to meet the needs of families in three communities.

The clubs are open to children ages 6 – 18 and teach the children lessons of honor, integrity and fairness.

“When the school bell rings at 3 p.m., many children head home every day to an empty house,” said Nancy Ball, executive director. “An estimated 50 percent of children over age 12 are unsupervised after school. That number includes children as young as 6 or 7 in low income families which can’t afford child care. The after school hours are a busy time for the police departments in any area. The outcome for kids without adult guidance isn’t good, but we provide a positive place for kids.”