There’s space to fly drones and code robots.
The newly constructed Hawkins Family Westside Boys & Girls Club has 15,000 square feet of club space for all kinds of activities.
The new space was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting and open house on Monday. Special guests included Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Karen Hawkins, the building’s namesake.
The new facility is connected to Westbrook Elementary School, 1312 Robertson Drive.
Since 2005, Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands has used existing school space to provide programming to children ages 6 to 18.
The drones and robots are part of the new facility’s Innovation Center.
“Our commitment to children doesn’t end at 3:30 when the final bell rings each day,” said Superintendent Mike Lucas.
He said the new facility ensures that the district’s students are nurtured and empowered during and after school.
Ivan Gilreath, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, said the partnership will provide opportunities to help “youth in being successful academically and socially.”
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Omaha Catholic schools: 24.7
The World-Herald was not able to verify composite ACT scores for Creighton Prep and Marian high schools. The composite ACT score of the graduating class of 2018 for the entire Omaha Archdiocese was 24.7.
Elkhorn South High School: 24.6.
Millard West High School: 23.3.
Gretna High School: 22.8.
Millard North High School: 22.6.
Westside High School: 21.5.
Papillion-La Vista South High School: 21.1.
Papillion-La Vista High School: 21.
Millard South High School: 20.4.
Bellevue West High School: 20.4.
Bellevue East High School: 19.5.
Central High School: 19.1.
Omaha Burke High School: 18.8.
Omaha North High School: 17.9.
Omaha South High School: 16.1.
Omaha Bryan High School: 15.4.
Omaha Northwest High School: 15.
Benson High School: 14.9.
The correlation between a school’s poverty rate and test scores is evident, a World-Herald analysis found.
High schools in the Omaha Public Schools with high poverty scored low. Suburban schools with low poverty scored better.
For example, Elkhorn South High School scored highest with a 24.6; its poverty rate is 3.6 percent. The lowest score was Benson at 14.9; that school's poverty rate is 86.5 percent.
Read The World-Herald's breakdown of Omaha schools' ACT scores here.