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People Who Care: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - The organization has served thousands of kids and their families in this community over the past many years.

The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester has been a positive influence on so many lives. And like so many organizations, the pandemic has made it a tough year. But, the work goes on.

This year alone, more than one-hundred kids have leaned on The Club when schools moved to social-distance learning. It hasn't been easy. Chad Campbell is the B&G club CEO. He says they would come up with a plan for the kids, and with the pandemic, everything would change.

One thing that didn't change? The community's commitment to The Club. Late last summer, Mayo Civic Center, Mayo Clinic, the City, and other organizations joined forces with the Club to create the Distance Learning Support Center. For working moms and dads, it provided all daycare for their students in addition to making sure every kid had a device to access, reliable internet, and adult support.

Gezelle Oakgrove is The Club's Youth of the Year. She says The Club became an academic lifeline for her during the shutdown. She was able to use the Distance Learning Support Center and improve her grades.

Chad Campbell says, "It's very affirming to know what we're doing is making a difference. It's having an impact on kids, on the whole family system, and by extension, our community."

Join The Club this March 20 for The Chefs Table Virtual Cooking Experience. Proceeds benefit the boys and girls club. To learn more, click here.

Tom Overlie

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