Youth Center Opens in Hackett

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On Tuesday, October 1, Hackett’s new youth recreational center, the Hackett Hornet’s Nest was all abuzz!

The center, located 206 Williams Street, opened their doors for the first time to students after school. Founders Todd and Renee Johnson and Kevin and Kim Henry have spent countless hours preparing for the big day. They are quick, however, to give credit to those who have helped them get where they are. With the expense of a non-profit start up, with no financial assistance, Kim Henry shared that they have depended greatly on donations.

Generous donations from a Greenwood resident, and a local Hackett business have been welcomed and appreciated. Kim Henry shared that they have filed for their 501c non-profit status, and it is pending approval. Currently, they are absorbing all the costs personally, and welcome any assistance or donations. Costs including rent, insurance, utilities, food and upkeep, all add up and prove that the center is a labor of love for these couples.

In fact, the center is more of a divine calling. Renee Johnson felt the need to open the youth center after the community lost four to suicide. Renee’s friend, Kim Henry, was a mother to one of those young men. Together, with the support of their husbands, have worked tirelessly to fulfill that calling.

The Hornet’s Nest is open from 3:30-9 p.m., and offers a safe, youth-friendly space. It is staffed with two volunteers, who have passed background checks. The staff will also be providing a daily evening meal.

The center boasts lots of kid-appealing fun, including arcade games, pool tables, air hockey, foosball, board games and so much more.

The center’s rules are simple and straightforward. The staff retains the right to ban anyone who does not follow the rules, or is disruptive.

If you are interested in learning more about the youth center, wish to donate or volunteer please contact Renee Johnson at 479-650-5183.

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Tammy Moore Teague

Tammy Moore Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

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