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Washington Street Center receives $8K from Newton County BOC

COVINGTON — Washington Street Community Center received more support from the county Tuesday in order to keep the program running.

Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed to allocate $8,000 to the center, making it’s total appropriations $40,000 for the fiscal year 2013-14. The money will be used for day-to-day operations.

The center has served more than 1,000 children since opening in Newton County through a year-round program, according to Director Bea Jackson. It offers not only tutoring for students, but involvement in Girl Scouts and computer use programs.

“It’s one of the first programs started in the community to help the kids,” Commissioner J.C. Henderson said. “There’s needs in the county for parents and children. And anytime we have a community center that can meet those needs, then the commissioners should support it.”

Washington Street Community Center has recently welcomed new board members – Leon Moss, Nicole Ross and Miriam Wilkins – to sit on the 12-member board.

“It’s exciting to welcome new blood,” Jackson said. “We’re also excited about developing a new image for the center through our new website and logo we’ll be rolling out soon. We wanted to be able to appeal to our parents, kids and community at large while taking advantage of the latest technology. It will also help us reach out to the community to tell our Washington Street story and share the wonderful things we’re doing in Newton and Covington. And hopefully find long-term supporters.”

The center provides after-school programs to about 35 students Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. For more information, call the Washington Street Center at 770-786-4002.