Boys and Girls Club Wins Big

The Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi took home two of the five awards presented at the statewide council meeting over the weekend.

The local club was recognized for its health and life skills programs and for sports, fitness and recreation.

Executive director Ricky Hood said the awards symbolize that the club is doing the right things to encourage the young people involved from Pre-K to 12th grade.

"I feel real good about what we're doing. I feel extremely good about the support we're getting from the community, and definitely our board has really made the difference in the last two and a half years that we've been here," said Hood. "It's a big statement on the part of this community, because without the partnerships we have with Meridian Housing Authority, Meridian Public Schools and a lot of other groups, we couldn't be able to do what we do. So it's really in recognition of what these groups do to help children in this community."

Hood said the good news for the club was clouded by the death of Beverly Burton in a plane crash as she returned home to Mobile from the conference.

Hood said Burton gave a lot of her time to the Boys and Girls Club, including training local board members and volunteers.