BANGOR - A new location for kids to hang out in the Bangor area opened its doors Sunday with an official ribbon cutting.
Dozens gathered behind the Bangor Baptist Church with anticipation of seeing the inside of the new Trudy Wilson Thrive Student Center.
"It's something that will be available for our kids to find a safe place. We've got wireless internet in here, there's also a diner and a game room they can hang out in and have some fun," Pastor of Thrive Student Ministries, Pencil Boone, says.
However, having fun isn't the only reason Boone decided to put this idea into the works.
"There's so many things going on in our society today and I always hear teenagers say that they want to survive; survive chemistry, or middle school or high school or whatever it is. We want them to do more than that, we want them to thrive in their relationships, whether it be with their peers, parents, and with their God," Boone explains.
For these reasons the building is named after Trudy Wilson, a woman who foster parented a number of students throughout the years.
"My sister was an amazing lady. If she'd see someone in trouble she'd try to help them, try to make them feel better. It's very nice to see that she's getting recognized for her achievements," Darrell Wilcox, Wilson's younger brother, says.
With all grand openings, it's a time for celebration after many long months of continuous work.
"We've been so busy, so focused on getting it done, especially this past week, that today I've found myself at time feeling uncontrollably going to cry, because there's so many emotions," Boone says.
From the expressions on kids faces, the Trudy Wilson Thrive Student Center looks like it will thrive.
Karina joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in March of 2013. Raised as part of a military family, she likes to consider Massachusetts as her "home-base". Karina graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Communications. From January 2012 to July 2012, Karina was a student reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and would take part in a live shot every Tuesday for The Morning Show, covering topics from current events to the "Trophy Town" teams.
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