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Queens Courier toy drive to help local Boys and Girls Club

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens

Help bring joy to the youngest members of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens this holiday season.

Once again, The Queens Courier will be collecting toys for its annual holiday gift drive. The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens is asking for donations of new toys for 83 girls and 83 boys between the ages of 5 and 10. The Courier will wrap and deliver the toys.

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The organization’s elementary school program introduces children to a range of topics such as robotics, astronomy, video game development, visual arts and sport activities. They emphasize STEM enrichment and provide homework assistance and tutoring for young people. Also, cultural understanding is highlighted as children are led to explore various cultures through food, music and dance.

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Donations can be dropped off at The Courier’s office, located at 38-15 Bell Blvd., or at Flushing Bank branches at 144-51 Northern Blvd., Flushing; 159-18 Northern Blvd., Flushing; 44-43 Kissena Blvd., Flushing; 136-41 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing; 188-08 Hollis Court, Auburndale; 61-54 Springfield Blvd., Bayside; 42-11 Bell Blvd., Bayside; 31-16 30th Ave., Astoria; and 107-11 Continental Ave., Forest Hills. Visit www.flushingbank.com for individual branch hours. Toys are also being accepted at Christie Salon & Co., in The Bay Terrace Shopping Center, 23-64 Bell Blvd., where anyone who drops off a toy will receive 15 percent off any nail service and all retail products.

Visit www.metroqueens.org for more information on the Boys and Girls Club.


Boys & Girls Club dedicates center to Helen Marshall

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Katelyn Di Salvo


Helen Marshall’s 12 years as borough president were topped off on Friday when the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens dedicated a new learning center in her honor.

A ceremony was held to show off the Helen M. Marshall Learning Center, and attendees took a hard hat tour of the progress in the newly constructed clubhouse.

Boys & Girls Club Chairman-Emeritus Joseph Ferrara presented Marshall with a plaque that will hang in the new learning center. This is in recognition for all of Marshall’s support in the expansion of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, including donating $4.75 million to the capital campaign.

At the ceremony, Marshall reminisced over her times in the Bronx House as a child, and believes that investing in The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens is necessary for the children of the community.

“My experience in the Bronx House taught me to get along with others, and taught me wonderful things about life and happiness,” she said.

Carol Simon, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, is excited about the new expansion, saying that they will be able to reach out to many more kids in the community.

The new learning center will include educational programs like homework help, tutoring, and the new iReady literacy and math programs.

“Basically, we’re enhancing the educational experience for young people,” Simon said. “We can’t just be a local gym and swim organization anymore, we need to work with the local schools and make sure our kids are doing better.”