SAN BENITO — The Boys and Girls Club of San Benito and the school district have entered a partnership making it easier for students to get to the club after classes.
Starting Monday, students at Miller Jordan Middle School will be able to catch a bus to the Boys and Girls club after school.
According to Boys and Girls Club board president Liz Chavez, this partnership has been in the works for more than a year.
However, it was put on the backburner due to administration changes within the school district.
“We view the partnership as crucial investments into our youth of the community,” Chavez stated in a press release.
The Boys and Girls club currently only has 20 members.
Chavez said the transportation barrier is to blame for the low membership.
“It’s not feasible for parents to pick up their kids from school and drop them off here and then for the parents to go back to work,” Chavez said.
In the past, IDEA Schools have been the only ones to bus students to the Boys and Girls Club, making up a majority of its membership.
Chavez said she hopes the new partnership will bring the membership up to 50 students by the end of the school year.
“We’re starting small so we can monitor how many kids are coming and see if we will need to hire additional staff,” Chavez said.
Chavez said the board is looking to recruit more teenagers which is why they are starting with the middle school.
Miller Jordan Middle School was chosen as the pilot due to the age group of the students and its location.
Chavez said more schools will be added to the bus route as long as everything goes right.
“We’re not rushing through the process,” Chavez said.
There is no timeline of what schools will be added when, but Chavez said Dr. Cash Elementary could be next due to it’s proximity to the club.
Chavez said the club and the school district will be in constant communication over the next year about the progress of the partnership.
Students signing up for the club through the school district will receive their membership at a reduced rate of $5 for the entire school year.