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It's Your Business 2018: Kids Klub, Inc.: Grangeville Enrichment program embraces youth

Kids Klub, Inc., sponsors the Missoula Children’s Theater each year, where 50 to 70 children from public, home and private school. Here, area students participate in 2018’s performance of “Gulliver’s Travels.”

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Kids Klub, Inc., sponsors the Missoula Children’s Theater each year, where 50 to 70 children from public, home and private school. Here, area students participate in 2018’s performance of “Gulliver’s Travels.”



— Anyone who has been in the Grangeville community for any period of time has heard of the Kids Klub Youth Development Center.

The Kids Klub, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists thanks in part to the generosity of donors, volunteers and the commitment of its volunteer board of directors. The program provides Grangeville’s youth with cultural, social and educational opportunities that ensure a close tie between kids and the community. This involvement has proved to increase the educational success of its participants through expanded programs throughout the years. KK is an Idaho Child Care Provider (parents who qualify can be reimbursed for child care) and is a STAR-Rated facility through IdahoSTARS’s Steps to Quality.

Kids Klub formed because a handful of Grangeville citizens recognized the need for an after-school program that offered a safe, home-like atmosphere with enriching learning opportunities for the children in the community.

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Kids Klub, Inc.

506 South A Street

Grangeville, ID 83530

208-983-2285

keelerk@sd244.org or godfreycs@sd244.org

https://www.thekidsklub.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kids.klub.5

“We’d seen the statistics that 70 percent of the children in Grangeville have their only or both parents in the work force,” said one of the original founders, Mary Schmidt. “We’d also seen the alarming statistics showing the need for such a program in our community.”

This handful of people said, “We can do better for our Grangeville kids.” And with that motto in mind, The Kids Klub opened its doors in 1996.

A dream came true for Kids Klub in June when the program opened its new facility at 506 South A Street, across from Grangeville Elementary Middle School. Prior to that, KK operated in a private building downtown and then in two remodeled classrooms at GEMS, with a good portion of its funding coming from a 21st Century grant.

“A generous bequest from Orrin and Eleanora Webb fused at the perfect time, and the dream of building came to fruition,” said Kristi Keeler, program director. “It was the Webb donation that really got the ball rolling.”

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Kristi Keeler

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Kids Klub Executive Director Cindy Godfrey shows the Webb memorial sign at the open house of the new Kids Klub facility.

With Joe Bonn as project manager, Morris Arnzen Construction of Cottonwood was awarded the bid and construction began Nov. 7, 2017, on the 4,016 square-foot building.

“The Webbs genuinely loved this community and felt it had done so much for them,” said former KK employee and board member, Andrea Solberg.

The Webbs became KK supporters around 2000, notably providing stock and an insurance policy to the organization.

“Back in 1972, the Webbs had made the decision to leave their multi-million-dollar estate to charity and the community they loved,” Solberg said. “The only change to their will in 40 years was the addition of Kids Klub as a beneficiary.”

KK executive director, Cindy Godfrey, stated, “We are very blessed to live in such a wonderful community. I thank each and every person for their support and the impact they have had on the youth in this community.”

Humble beginnings have led the program to encompassing many different facets as it begins its 22nd year. Those programs include the following:

•Kids Klub Before & After School Program: The Kids Klub is a before and after school program that serves grades K-6th. It is open at 7:30 a.m. to the beginning of school and after school until 5:30 p.m. It provides a wide variety of enrichment opportunities as well as homework assistance. Full-time cost is $135/month. Part-time options may be available. Priority is given to full-time attendees.

*Kinder-Ready Klub: Kinder-Ready Klub is a full-day Pre-K program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., September through May. The goal of the program is kindergarten readiness. Cost is $300/month. Participants must be entering kindergarten the following year and be potty-trained.

*Kinder Sprouts: A full-day preschool for 3-and 4-year-old children on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., September through May. Cost is $220/month. Child must have birth date of 9/1/2015 or earlier and be potty-trained. They are now enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Free Press / Lisa Adkison Kids Klub afterschool participants are pictured here on a school day in 2018. The program has now moved to its new building across from Grangeville Elementary Middle School, 506 South A Street.

*Summer Camps: ​Kids Klub provides a wide variety of weeklong summer camps, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camps run for nine weeks and may include, but are not limited to, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, fishing, hiking, robotics, dance, music and sewing. Space fills quickly. This year, camps cost $125 a week with some extra costs for activities such as swimming lessons.

*Missoula Children’s Theatre: Kids Klub has sponsored Missoula Children’s Theatre for the past 16 years and cast 993 parts. This is open to any K-8th grade student in public, private or home-school. Generous donations from the community and several organizations help with the housing of actors and other needs.

*Xperience Xpeditions: These middle school field trips help expand the boundaries of the world to seventh and eighth grade students. This includes a Careers Tour of Idaho Forest Group, and tours of Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho.

*Halloween Costume Ball: This annual adults-only event is a popular affair that includes the chance to dress up, visit with friends, eat, dance and have fun.

Kids Klub currently employs an executive director, a program director, two assistant teachers and an AmeriCorps member as well as occasional additional help for activities including lifeguards for swimming or assistance with field trips. Volunteers (fully background checked) are brought in for a variety of activities including science experiments, community education, math enrichment and baking. Kids Klub is governed by a 12-member volunteer board made up of community and business members, professionals and parents.

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Kids Klub new facility at 506 South A Street recently received its sod for the lawn (top); the open house in the new building was held in May (above).



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