BRYAN, Texas - For many local children, the Boys and Girls Club in Bryan serves as a second home.
"When I go home, the street is empty, no kids are out, no one's playing," said 11-year-old Micayla Murray. "My only two best friends moved away and when I come here, I see new best friends."
But over the past few years, the building started to show its age and needed some improvements.
"We wanted it to be nice and fresh and to have kind of a uniform kind of flow," said Tiffany Parker, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Brazos Valley.
Through donations from community members and Lowes, the center received a new paint job, new ceiling tiles, new locks and new windows. But the biggest change is the addition of new computers from A&M's Mays Business School.
Many children at the center don't have computers or internet at home and rely on the new computers for homework.
"It's a big deal," said Murray. "A super, humongous big deal because the old computers, not to be rude or anything, they were terrible."
The renovations also show the community's support for local youth.
"It just makes me feel so happy," said Murray.
The Boys and Girls Club will also be moving to a new facility within the next few years.
Also on Thursday, the club held a retirement party for Ron Rolett, who served as the president of the local club.
He's worked with the Boys and Girls Club for more than 40 years.
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