Boys & Girls Club Clean-Up

Freeport Resident Adam Schulz scrubs the gymnasium walls at the former Freeport Boys and Girls Club center. He came out Saturday with his wife and niece...hoping that each scrub will clear the way for a new club. "We thought it would be a good opportunity to clean up and give back a little bit," Schulz said. He and his family joined a volunteer army of more than 150 people Saturday. They were greeted with their mission at the door, "Restoring this center," so when the club is back on track, it can hit the ground running. "I said we need to start by just getting this thing cleaned up, so maybe what we need to do is be servants first and get in here and serve and that's what we're doing today," said Dean Wright with Mission Freeport. Wright helped organize the clean-up that put people to work doing more than just scrubbing. Volunteers painted walls, washed floors and replaced ceiling tiles. Outside dumpters filled with trash and truck beds with old school desks. Organizers say all this help was more than they expected. And those picthing in say it's worth it, knowing what the Boys and Girls Club can do for young people. "Put them on a good track to doing something after graduating from high school and it's a good base for younger kids," Schulz said. A base that's getting rung out now so it's ready when the times comes for a new club. The original Boys and Girls Club was evicted in August from its location. Since then, community leaders have formed a plan to revive the group. And are busy raising money, forming a board of directors and working on parterships to get things runnings as soon as possible. Another clean-up is scheduled for next Saturday.