Clarify for donors Beaufort club's role

info@islandpacket.comAugust 27, 2013 

I have been following the Beaufort Boys & Girls Club after-school care program situation since before the start of the 2013-14 school year. After reading a quote from Chris Protz, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, I am now very confused.

In Sunday's story, he stated that the club is a nonprofit, but later went on to state, "It isn't a Boys & Girls Club anymore. It's a school."

I know that a school is technically nonprofit. However, since when does a state-supported charter school qualify for United Way funding? The Beaufort Boys & Girls Club receives United Way funding, as well as other private funding from caring people who believe that they are supporting a nonprofit "club" that supports the children of this city. I did not realize that we were supporting Beaufort's newest charter school, which leases space at the Boys & Girls Club and whose students fill up its after-school program.

The Beaufort Boys & Girls Club needs to go back to supporting all students of this town, or it needs to give up its nonprofit funding and rely solely on the Bridges Preparatory charter school. After all, by the director's own admission, it is not a club, it is a school.

MaryLou Gruel


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