Miccosukee Boys and Girls Club Gets Makeover on MLK Day

Miccosukee Boys and Girls Club Gets Makeover on MLK Day
Posted at 6:03 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 13:42:58-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend participated in a National Day of Service on Monday, all in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

The President & CEO of the national organization, along with Boys and Girls Club community leaders and members, came together Monday to renovate the Miccosukee Club facility.

They painted the club's game room, installed lockers for storage, and helped with program development training at the club.

They say it's all to make sure young people in Tallahassee have a safe place to go in the community, while they are out of school and during the summer months.

The President and CEO of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Jim Clark, says he's impressed with the work being done in Tallahassee, especially by the Big Bend's own CEO.

"Lee [Wagner] has been, really in the last couple of years since he's been here, evolving the organization to serve more kids and therefore, why not a better place to come than here and a great choice to help out and advance the awareness in the community of the work that's being done at Boys and Girls Clubs. The opportunities that it presents to kids and teens that come here and and experience the great things that happen at a Boys and Girls Club," said Clark.

Wagner, the regional CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend, says it's important to make the most of these national holidays.

"Well, we really believe in a concept of 'not a day on, not a day off'. So many times, you know, since it's a national holiday and people just take the day off... We wanted to try and do something a little bit more meaningful by way of giving back to the community and ultimately giving back to the kids that attend this club because we feel like all of our kids, our club kids, need the best we can provide them," said Wagner.

A ribbon cutting is being held at the club Tuesday morning where the kids and teens the club serves will get to see all of the completed work.