The Transylvania Times -

By Kevin Fuller
Staff Writer 

Boys & Girls Club Rolls Up Its Sleeves For A New School Year - Brevard NC


Luke McLauchlin, 6, Noah McLauchlin, 9, and Madison Baldridge, 13, take time out of their volunteer work Saturday at The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County work day to pose for the camera. (Times photo by Kevin Fuller)

The front doors of The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County were open two days ahead of schedule this year.

That's because staff and board members returned for a workday on Saturday to get the center ready for the start of the school year today.

"There's a whole lot of projects that we need to take care of," said Jackie Witherspoon, the center's director of development. "We are also trying to get inspired for the new school year."

Staff and board members painted cabinets, moved furniture and even cleaned up shrubs to spruce up the place before hundreds of Transylvania County children come back to use the popular center. About 40 volunteers, including children of some of the staff, showed up with their working gloves on ready to take on the task.

"Getting the place ready is a great feeling," said Witherspoon.

Volunteers were provided lunch by Food Matters Market of Brevard. However, the lunches weren't the only food being served.

Local meat connoisseur Clay Sykes donated smoked pork butts to be sold during the workday to help raise money for the center.

Dolores Littleson, who serves on the club's board, wipes down a refrigerator.

"I'm trying to support the boys and girls club," Sykes said.

Sykes donated the provisions to make the smoked butts. Volunteers John Buford, George Lentz, Chris St. Peter, Jay Coen, John Witherspoon and John Wayne Hardison volunteered their time to help make and sell the pork. Approximately $5,000 was raised.

Witherspoon said the day was a success, judging by the money raised and the connections made during the workday.

"Bringing the board and the staff together is always a good thing," she said.

The center aims at enabling young folks in the community to better their lives by providing activities, such as after school programs and youth development.

For more information about the club, visit bgc


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