excited for the reopening of the revamped Jack, Will & Rob center

Mary Weishaar (left), Camas community education director, and Debbie McEnry, community education coordinator, are excited for the reopening of the revamped Jack, Will & Rob center in the fall. The Camas School District will officially take over operation of the center in June. (Danielle Frost/Post-Record)

Posted: May 26, 2017

After 14 years as the JWR Boys & Girls Club, the Camas School District will take over operations, effective June 1.

The center will be closed during the summer, allowing the school district to make $65,000 in renovations, including roof repairs, painting, and technology upgrades.

The JWR Center will operate under the Camas Community Education umbrella when it reopens Sept. 5. The Camas School District Extended Day students in kindergarten and first grade will continue to be located at the district administration building, while Extended Day students in second through fifth grades will be served at the JWR site at 2033 N.E. Ione St.

“We intend on building and expanding the program students have enjoyed for many years,” says Mary Weishaar, director of community education. “Highlights of the plan include an increased focus on the arts and growing the teen club. We will also bring with us many of the activities kids have enjoyed most while attending the current Extended Day program such as Lego tables, gaming stations (Wii and Playstation), bumper pool, air hockey and ping-pong.”

Full-time after-school care will cost $150 per month for students in second through fifth grades, and $75 per month for the teen club. Before-school care will remain at the Extended Day campus, at $175 per month. Financial assistance is available.

The district also plans to fully utilize the center throughout the day. Helen Baller Elementary students will use the gym for physical education classes and the senior community will be invited in for a coffee hour and movement classes such as Zumba, Pilates, line dancing, and yoga.

Another new component will be a staffed family resource center to benefit families in need. It will include a washer, dryer, phone, computer, and printer.

“We are also hoping to work with school counselors and make this a real hub for families who need help,” Weishaar said.

Plans are in the works to add a food pantry someday, too.

Read the full story in the Post-Record.