Photo by Lorie Palmer
The new Kids Klub building is being constructed on Court and A streets, Grangeville.
As of Tuesday, January 16, 2018
GRANGEVILLE “We’re right on schedule,” smiled Kids Klub Program Director Kristi Keeler.
The Kids Klub building project broke ground Nov. 7 with contractor Morris Arnzen, Arnzen Building Construction, Cottonwood, who was awarded the contract to start work on the 4,016 square-foot building at the 506 South A Street site (adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School).
Kids Klub was founded in 1996 and at the time, was located in a building on the north side of town. The program offered several benefits to kids including academic assistance, life and social skills training and expanding horizons through enrichment opportunities. In 2002, in order to comply with a federal grant, the Kids Klub moved into GEMS where it has since occupied two classrooms.
“At kind of the perfect time, GEMS enrollment went up and Kids Klub was ready to build its own facility,” said Kids Klub Executive Director Cindy Godfrey.
In 2012, Kids Klub was the recipient of a contribution from the estate of Orrin and Eleanora Webb. These funds, along with a Community Development Block Grant obtained with assistance from the City of Grangeville and Clearwater Economic Development Association, and grant funding from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, have made the dream of constructing a building a reality.
Keeler said HVAC and windows, as well as wiring, were recent completions and now it’s on to door installation and then siding.
The Kids Klub board will decide when it’s the right time to move over to the new facility, but Keeler said it looks like the building could be ready in the spring.
Among other benefits of the new building, it will offer a foyer where parents can come into before ringing a bell to get through a locked door in order to retrieve children or come in to the main part of the building.
Godfrey recently attended a meeting of the Idaho County Commission where she presented Kids Klub’s building and property, requesting tax-exempt status.
“We are very excited and grateful this was approved,” Godfrey said. She believes this may be a yearly process.
Keeler said many of the children in the program have been driving or walking by the building daily or weekly and are “very excited” about it.
“They have ownership in the process, and that’s really exciting,” she said.
Keeler and Godfrey both offer thanks to the community for its support and enthusiasm about the project.
Kids Klub will continue to fund-raise for the various costs that are not incorporated in the current funded plans, including appliances, fencing, landscaping, paving and the playground.
Currently, Kids Klub serves about 40 children. The new facility will allow the organization to have 75 children in its main after-school program and continue with the additional offshoot programs which include Kinder-Ready Club, KK summer camps, Xperience Xpeditions and sponsoring Missoula Children’s Theater each year.
Kids Klub is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Project manager for the building is Joe Bonn.
To donate or for questions contact Keeler at 208-983-2285 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.