Reporting for duty

Grand opening: Fort Hamilton officials and family members open up the new youth center with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 17.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

Fort Hamilton’s new Youth Center is reporting for duty.

Army base officials and family members cut the ribbon on the brand new Fort Hamilton’s Child, Youth and School Services center for young members of military family on Dec. 16, replacing an older center on the premises. The new-and-improved facility will host academic, leisure, and athletic programs in its 10 classrooms.

Staff will help kids of all ages with homework in the homework and computer labs, and also run some extra-curricular science, performing arts, health, and home economics courses.

For the tykes: One room in the youth center is dedicated to the youngest of military family members.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

“[The center] will help to facilitate health and nutrition, sewing, and other self-help life skills,” said to Fort Hamilton’s Director of Child and Youth Services Lorraine Brown. “The homework and computer labs are geared to support academic excellence and provide assistance to students daily.”

Once they finish their scholarly duties, the base’s young whippersnappers have a gymnasium — slightly bigger than the old one — at their disposal for hoops or any other sports they can think up. The facility’s state-of-the-art kitchen can feed and accommodate “at a minimum, 150 kids daily,” according to a press release.

The facility also has three office spaces and a training area for staff and a trainer, according to the base’s public information officer.

Check the new digs: Fort Hamilton’s new military youth center features a gym, kitchen, and educational facilities.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.

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