Fisher Center needs help

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Want to be a part of something bigger?

Then the John L. Fisher Community Center project might be a fit for you.

Adopted by the Brewton Sportsman’s Club and the City of Brewton, there is a move afoot to turn the former school into an activity center for area youth.

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For more than a year, the transformation has been ongoing at the center. A new kitchen area and classroom areas. The goal is to host an after-school program for neighboring children, said Brewton Councilman Joe Watson.

“We want a place where the community feels welcome and can utilize the resources we have available,” Barton said. “We plan to begin with an afterschool and student food program. We will feed students hopefully after the first of the year – breakfast and snack and provide help with homework.”

To get the facility ready, volunteers are needed to put the finishing touches on the classroom areas, Watson said.

“We would like to organize a group to come in and paint after the holidays,” he said. “We were lucky to get a grant to get most of the work done inside, but we need to get paint on the walls.”

Food for the program will be provided through donations, and the building use is unlimited, Watson said.

“We are always looking for partnerships,” Watson said. “For example, we’d love to see the (Auburn Cooperative) extension office host cooking classes in our new kitchen.”

Watson said the project embodies the vision for the facility.

“We want this to be a welcoming place for the community, but we need the community’s help in getting it ready,” he said. “We need volunteers. We won’t turn down any help.”

After work is finished, there will also be more opportunities for volunteer work.

“We are blessed with retired educators who love to help students,” Watson said. “That’s a resource we plan to use, so if anyone would like to lend assistance, let us know. We would rather have too much than not enough.”

To volunteer, contact Watson at 251.809.5423.