As of Monday, October 5, 2015
GRANGEVILLE Sometimes it takes year of planning – even nearly 20 years – for a project to come to fruition.
Kids Klub, Inc., board members and staff know about that. The non-profit organization is currently researching and implementing funding options to build their one facility.
“This has been on the backburner since Kids Klub opened its doors in 1993 and then purchased a lot on the corner of Court and Idaho streets,” explained KK program director Kristi Keeler.
When Kids Klub friends Orrin and Eleanora Webb left 5 percent of their estate to the program in 2012, the dream of building a KK facility started to become a reality, Keeler said.
When KK started in 1996, it was housed in a building on the North side of Grangeville across from the Idaho Department of Labor. It stayed there for four years, then the organization received a 21st Century Learning Grant which stipulated the after-school program be housed in a school. Kids Kub has been in one end of Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s junior high wing ever since.
However, Cottonwood architect Rhonda Wemhoff assessed the property, adjacent to GEMS and concluded there was not enough room for a building and the parking it would require and to also leave plans for possible future expansion.
The board was not daunted.
“We are at full capacity in the program right now and actually have nearly 30 kids on a waiting list,” Keeler said. “So, having our own building is really a top priority.”
To that end, the board made the decision to purchase the triple lot three blocks down from the currently owned property, also adjacent to GEMS, at the corner of Court and A streets.
“The house there had burned several years ago and we were able to purchase it then get bids for demolition,” Keeler said.
The first one-lot property is now on the market and Wemhoff has drawn up blue prints for a facility on the new three lots that includes 10 parking spaces and room for a future addition if necessary. The $464,000 building plans include a large open room for the after-school program, a pre-k classroom, rest room facilities for both employees and children, a coat room, office and kitchen. In addition, a double-lane drop-off zone is planned.
The Webb funds will pay for approximately one-third of the cost of the facility while other funds will be sought as donations and through grants.
The new building will be able to house 75 kids, Keeler said.
“We really look forward to being able to serve more families,” Keeler added. “We live in such a great area that has supported Kids Klub. We look forward to working with the community as we endeavor to make this happen.”
Costume ball to raise funds for building
GRANGEVILLE – A Halloween Costume Ball fund-raiser to supplement the Kids Klub building fund is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Elks Lodge, 6 p.m. to midnight.
“Costumes are encouraged, but not required – we want everyone to just come and have a great time,” said KK board member Teri Wassmuth. “Syringa Thrift has some great ideas with the clothing they have – so stop by and check out a costume of wear something of your own.”
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a dessert bar will be included as well as a silent auction, costume contest and dancing to the The Fabulous Kingpens, sponsored by Mountain View Dentistry.
Purchase tickets for $50 person or $75 per couple at The Galley, Lindsley’s Home Furnishing or on-line at thekidsklub.org. Reserved “Munster’s Tables for 8” are available for $500 and include eight tickets. Call Wassmuth at 983-0770.