A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday for the grand opening of the new Clover Fork Community Center located in the old Verda Elementary School where KCEOC is now housed in the Verda community.
Funded with coal severance money from Harlan Fiscal Court and in collaboration with KCEOC, the center is now available for public use.
“This center will be a place where the Clover Fork senior citizens can meet and exercise, and other members of the community may use for meetings and events,” said Vicki Moore, who helped with the remodeling efforts.
Board Member Mary Ford said the center will also be available for school-aged children to use for after-school activities.
“It will operate strictly from volunteers who want to help kids after school,” said Ford. “It can also be used by local churches who want to present plays and things of that nature, along with business meetings and training.”
Paul Doyle, president and CEO of KCEOC, said the old library room was made available to Harlan Fiscal Court to use for the center because the space was not being used and he felt it would be an asset to the community when approached with the idea by Magistrate Bill Moore.
“When we got the facility we wanted to share it with the community and this was one way of doing that,” said Doyle.
Beautifully decorated with laminate floors, a stage and the capacity of seating approximately 90 people, Tish Coldiron, KCEOC Child Development Director, said, “This collaboration with the fiscal court is the perfect example of how KCEOC tries to improve the communities where we have Head Start centers.”
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ford said anyone wanting to schedule a meeting or event at the Clover Fork Community Center may call 606-857-3314 and ask for her.
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