The big celebration on Short Ash Street Saturday morning marked what could be the beginning of a better after-school experience for older children in the Georgetown area.
An old house has been remodeled to include a study room, a computer room, a kitchen and a brand new deck. It's now called Peyton's House; a teen center that should attract more middle and high school students into the programs offered by the Neighborhood Christian Center.
"What happens is, once the children get out of elementary school, we have not been as successful keeping track of them. With our young ladies, we've been more successful with them. With the guys, they sort of drift away. This will help us pull them together," says James Turner, NCC Executive Director.
Peyton's House is named after Peyton Houchins. He had just finished a college career at Ole Miss when he suddenly died in his sleep on December 29, 2010.
Peyton was the youngest son of Larry Houchins, who was on hand for the dedication. His Sunday School class provided much of the funding for the project.
"The Neighborhood Christian Center has for years helped the elementary age children in this neighborhood. This is an opportunity to have a facility where we can work with middle school and high school children," Houchins says.
The NCC's main building is right across the street, which will make it easy to monitor the teens using Peyton's House.
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