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Sequoyah County Boys & Girls Club purchase new vehicles

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - The Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club recently received a bus and a van after many years of seeking a means of transportation for club kids.

A 2008 15-passenger van and a 2024 25-passenger bus were purchased using ARPA funds that were received after House Bill 2884 went into law on March 28, 2023.

The bill included $30.1 million in funding to be distributed among eligible Boys and Girls Club organizations in Oklahoma. State legislatures restricted the use of funds to one-time-use items for capital improvement, construction, and renovation projects.

The bus and van, which are wrapped in the Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club logo, totaled $190,000.

Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club Board President Lindsie Dyer said, “These vehicles have been on the club's wish list for several years and will be put to good use. Our club kids will now have the ability to go on field trips and enjoy activities going on in the community, especially during summer break.”

Nearly 2,000 applications totaling approximately $18 billion were submitted, which is close to 10 times the amount of available funding.

The fact that fewer than 20 Oklahoma non-profits received ARPA funding highlights the competitive nature of the process and underscores the significance of the allocation to the Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club.

Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer

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