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October 04, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- Members of the Margureite Neal Boys and Girls Club in Thomasville are looking forward to a new teen center.

The club makes a difference in up to 300 teenagers' lives daily. 13 year old Joshua Moody is one of them. "I come here because it's fun. I like it. I enjoy it. It keeps me off the streets, keeps me motivated," he says.

But the club has one drawback; not enough room for the teens and the younger kids at the same time. "It's crowded. We need something we can do too, like our own thing," says Moody.

Problem solved! Tuesday, the club broke ground on an 11,000 square foot teen center. "We were able to purchase land, property that is adjacent to our current facility. A facility of this magnitude will allow us to reach several hundred more youth," says Executive Director, Lee Wagner.

That's recruitment ahead of the game. The club still needs more donations for the three million dollar center. And it will take several months to finish. "Two to three weeks or so we will see some construction activity," says Wagner.

The new teen center's going to have fun things for the kids to do, like pool and foosball. But it's also going to have a computer lab and study hall for structure. "We won't be in trouble. We can have a good time and have fun with our friends," says 13 year old, Robert Sharp. "We can hang out with people our own age and we don't have to worry about little kids running around," adds fellow 13 year old, Kamari Hill. "I've been waiting for a long, long time; since I was five, ready to jump out of my shoes," says Moody. That won't be necessary. The new center will also have its own gym.

Thomasville has a large number of non-profit organizations for a city its size. The Boys and Girls Club is one of 39.

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