What started out as a 27-thousand dollar grant turned into much more than that as extra volunteers and contractors also came out to help the Boys and Girls Club create a new look and better facilities for children.
The new hardwood stage floor along with the other renovations cost more than 75-thousand dollars, and a significant amount of that money came from a grant given by Lowes.
"The greatest thing was staff would walk around and see things and say 'boy we wish that was done', and then ten minutes later there'd be two volunteers fixing it and so the scope of renovation kept on getting bigger and bigger," Vice President of the Boys & Girls Club in Benton and Franklin Counties Ron McHenry said.
The scope of work included a complete overhaul in the art room and gym. To do that. More than 100 volunteers were needed. 75 of them were from lowers, and they all put in 500 hours of their time in only one week.
McHenry says they plan to use the new space to host more prevention programs. He also hopes to see it boost the theater and arts programs.