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Boys & Girls Club offers a lot for $24 a year including free karate lessons
Boys & Girls Club karate members displaying their trophies from last weekend’s Golden State Karate Championships conducted at the Stockton Civic Auditorium are, back row from left, Marty Blanddino (second), Bev Lowry and (second/fourth). Middle row; Alycia Romo (second), Mae Twigg (first), Nan Twigg (first), Brendon Tabofudna (two firsts), Daniel Ruiz (fourth), Kelly Reias (second) and master Robin Taberna. Front row; Shimka Felder (fourth), Gabriel Torres (first), and EJ Relos (first). - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

Where can you get a year’s worth of karate lessons, play in flag football and basketball leagues, have a safe place to hang after school until as late as 8 p.m. with friends, play and do your homework for just $24 a year?

The Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club is where you can get all that and more for just $24 a year.

The price does reflect the first increase in almost 16 years doubling from the previous $12 per kid. The $24 fee also includes Boys &Girls Club T-shirt.

There is a break for families that have more than two children that would cost $48. After that, each additional child is $12 a year.

It costs just over $350 a year to provide services per club member. There are nearly 1,500 members between two sites.

School year hours are 3 to 8 p.m. at the main site at 545 W. Alameda St. and 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lathrop School site. On school year holidays, the hours are 10 6 p.m.

The club offers homework assistance, computers for doing school work, and various character building programs. It also offers a variety of recreation games, sports leagues, arts classes, or simply a safe place to spend time with friends.

Signups are now underway for the flag football season. A preseason tournament is planned for Saturday, Aug. 29.
For more information, call the club at 239-KIDS.