The Pratt Teen Center is looking forward to its 10th anniversary in 2011. For nearly 10 years, it has been a safe place for teens to gather after school, have a snack, play some pool, watch TV, just hang out with friends or even do some homework.


Pratt County United Fund

The Board of Directors has set a 2011 campaign goal of $47,100 to benefit 13 agencies that provide services in the Pratt community. The United Fund met its 2010 goal of $51,500.

“There is no doubt that being a community that responds to the needs of its residents makes Pratt a better place to live, raise a family and do business,” a letter to past contributors says. “Contributing to the Pratt County United Fund is an investment in your quality of life and that of your neighbor!”

Center provides safe and enjoyable activities 

The Pratt Teen Center is looking forward to its 10th anniversary in 2011. For nearly 10 years, it has been a safe place for teens to gather after school, have a snack, play some pool, watch TV, just hang out with friends or even do some homework.

“Without money from United Fund and other sources it would be very difficult to stay open this long,” director Kim Evert said.

The center is open from 3:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday for middle and high schoolers. Younger students make up most of the crowd,  Evert noted, and attendance varies by sports season and other activities.

The annual Halloween costume dance is scheduled for Friday. It’s always popular, Evert said. Middle school students are invited from 7 to 10 p.m. and high schoolers come from 10:30 to 12:30.

A planned activity is held each weekend. Attendance is down this year, Evert acknowledged, and the board is trying to figure out ways to get more teens involved.

The building, which is owned by Pratt Teen Development, Inc., is rented to Arrowhead West for daytime activities. It is also available to rent for parties.

Other buildings are available, Evert said, mentioning the Municipal Building and the Pratt Area 4-H Center at the fairgrounds, but the teen center is the only one with access to TV, computers, Wii, games and pool tables.

“It’s a great resource for the community,” Evert said.

 

Send donations to

Pratt County United Fund

114 N. Main

Pratt, KS 67124

 

Contact the Teen Center

408 S. Main

620-672-2233

Kim Evert, director

620-450-7044