Local Boys and Girls Club reopens after burglary, vandalism

Children’s laughter echoed from inside the Dogwood Terrace Boys and Girls Club.

 

The sound had been missing from the local club for nearly two weeks as administrators worked to repair damage caused by burglars after they broke in and stole electronics from the facility in early October.

Londyn Cullars, 6, was unaware Thursday of the reason the club had closed but said she was “happy to be back to work on the computers and play in the gym.”

The club at 747 15th Ave., reopened Monday following its closure Oct. 1 after burglars stole two flat-screen televisions, three Dell laptops and iPads from the facility, and damaged the gymnasium floors and walls, where they sprayed a fire extinguisher, and broke windows in doors of some classrooms.

Bridgett Carrington, the finance director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA, said efforts are still being made to fix damage to the gym and one classroom. She said costs estimates for repairs are between $25,000 to $30,000.

“Repairs aren’t 100 percent complete but complete enough to open this week for kids to come in,” she said.

A GoFundMe page remains active as efforts continue to repair and replace equipment.

“I think the gym was the biggest thing because they got the fire extinguisher and let all the stuff out of them and covered the walls, the floors, the bleachers and that was taking the longest to clean up,” Carrington said.

Shaniya Sanders, 10, a member of the club for the last three years, listed going to the gym as a club favorite.

“Everybody likes to go to the gym,” she said. “Especially me and my basketball team.”

But with cleaning expected to take a little longer, Sanders said she is mostly excited to catch up on lost time with her friends.

“I’m excited to be back and play with my friends,” she said. “I missed them.”

 

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