ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota United had just announced the completion of a five-month renovation project of the Mount Airy Boys and Girls Club.
The renovation of the clubs began in February 2021 and was completed in June 2021. The project was in partnership with Target and led by Mortenson.
“The Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club is a fantastic representation of the entire community: people of robust, diverse backgrounds working together to build a better future for each young person,” Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright said in a statement.
He added: “We are committed to creating spaces that welcome everyone, and these educational hubs are no different. With a great partner like Target, we are able to provide high quality access to education and resources to all the children in our community.”
The project renovated the club’s gymnasium, adding new sports court flooring, new equipment, and scoreboards, and turned an existing classroom into a STEAM Lab.
The STEAM Lab will be designed for all students to have enhanced exposure and access to its related subjects through hands-on learning, experimentation and diverse educational teachings.
Often not accessible to most students, STEAM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations.
Boys & Girls Club Branch Director Andrew Jones commented on the addition, “having a new STEAM lab for members of all ages gives us the ability to provide fun, educational, cutting-edge programming as well as offer valuable career exploration opportunities.”