“Williams Elementary students will now have a safe place to go before and after school,” said Brandy Harris, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield. “They will have an equitable access to opportunity and have trained, engaged adults who are irrationally passionate about advocating for them. Williams teachers will now have an extension for their classrooms and have people who are supporting their students, right alongside them. Williams Elementary families will have a space that will help make just a little bit easier.”
The conversation about better serving Williams Elementary students began in February 2019. At a meeting with Springfield Public School Superintendent, Dr. John Jungmann identified Williams as a high-need school that would greatly benefit from a Boys & Girls Club. He stated, “The Sertoma Unit has served as an excellent model for before and after school care.”
Through a major gift of $500,000 from the O’Reilly Wooten Family, the new Club is named the O’Reilly Unit at Williams Elementary. The O’Reilly Wooten Family and BGCS are also excited to launch a new workforce development program with the opening of the new Williams Club that will make an impact on the lives of many Club families.
"This is a joint project between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools," said Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Hospitality Management. "You have a gym that's used the day and sitting vacant at night, so this is a great way to work together and have a great impact on kids and families."