A foundation for Mukilteo youth | Great Futures Start Here
My husband and I grew up in the Mukilteo School District, as did our four sons. After my husband graduated from Harvard Law, we had to make a decision on where we wanted to continue our life. After living on the East Coast for three years, we chose to return home to Mukilteo.
At that time we had two sons who were 6 and 9 years old. Moving home to Mukilteo meant that we could give them the community life we were raised in.
The Mukilteo Boys and Girls Club played a large part in their community life. They were dropped off at the club after school while we both worked, and we knew that they were safe and enjoying themselves.
The Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club offered them the opportunities to learn how to be a team member, to know that they had good choices available to them, and allowed them to express themselves in a safe and controlled environment.
That was back in the 1980s and is as true today as it was then. Our four sons are now grown men who look back and see those years of participating at the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club with fond memories.
Though they all did have one thing to say: “There really needs to be a new club facility.” Though the current club holds many memories, it needs to be bigger and better for today’s needs.
The new building site in Harbour Pointe will make it more central and can meet the needs of so many more children. Having a larger gym, art room, a dedicated computer room and sports field all encompassed on one campus will give today’s families a safe alternative for their children to be after school and on the weekends.
It will allow so many more programs to reach the children who need them while being in a safe, positive and affordable environment.
The Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club has been a foundation in my sons’ lives, and by supporting the new club, it can become the foundation for future generations of Mukilteo youth.
A Mukilteo Boys and Girls Club mom, Beth Lucas is an advocate of the Great Futures Start Here campaign to build a new club at 11600 47th Ave. W. This column is part of an ongoing series highlighting the programs and services offered by the club since it opened in 1961.