The Boys & Girls Club of Brookings announces that the club will open its doors to serve children of emergency responders starting Monday, May 18, in order to serve the efforts of the hospital, clinics, and law enforcement in the fight against coronavirus. 

Services will be limited to the children, age 5 through fifth grade, of emergency responders who have been contacted and registered through their employer. The club will remain closed to the general public and visitors.

“We are honored to be able to serve our emergency responders on the front line battling the COVID-19 virus,” Club Chief Executive Officer Tim Lease said. “Though it is important for us to continue to follow CDC guidelines, which means we cannot open to the general public at this time, we recognize how important it is to provide our emergency responders the resources they need to support them in their fight to save lives and protect our community.”

The Boys & Girls Club is taking careful measures to ensure the safety of its members, staff and the community, including 

• Taking temperatures of all staff and youth before admittance daily

• Limiting drop off and pick up times

• Providing hand sanitizer and requiring regular handwashing

• Assigning kids and staff to groups 10 or fewer and not intermixing groups

• Disinfecting shared spaces after each group leaves the area

In addition to the club’s rigorous safety and sanitization training, the staff will undergo added sanitization training prior to opening to ensure proper chemical use. Staff will disinfect and sanitize throughout the day at specified intervals. Parents will also receive training in the club’s new safety measures. 

“We are excited to have more noise, laughter and games fill our days,” Boys & Girls Club of Brookings Executive Director Chelsea Lang said. “We look forward to the day we are able to serve all our community youth but feel honored to have the opportunity to give back to our community heroes, while learning how to operate under CDC guidelines and social distancing. We are so thankful for our emergency responders’ efforts to keep our community safe.”

The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Plains Corporation serves Brookings, Moody County, and Yankton. To get involved with the club, visit or call 605-692-3333.

By: Boys & Girls Club of Brookings

COURTESY OF: The Brookings Register

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