Local Boys and Girls Club makes it into the record books

Published: Nov. 9, 2016 at 9:39 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A local boys and girls club makes into the record books.

"They're like my own kids." Tiashayla Marshall is like a second Mother to many of the children at the Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club.

Marshall knows the impact the club can have on the lives of children because she was once a member.

"They know they can count on the boys and girls club to be themselves and it's like a second home."

These days the Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club of Rockford has a lot to be proud of. The organization that began in 1989 is the longest running club inside a housing authority in the nation.

"Our staff myself we must be doing something right."

A second home where nearly 80 children come to play but also learn life and social skills on a daily basis. The club also has a peace tree where children can remember those who lost their lives.

"We come in here and provide that hope and inspiration that you can be and do whatever you want to be if you just make the right decisions and choices."

Meals and snacks are provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank for the Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club.

The club is free and open to children ages 6 to 18 years old who live in the area.