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New Frederica Community Center Aims To Keeps Kids Safe

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FREDERICA, Del -Rocky Shanks is the pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Frederica

He says the church offers kids in the community a place to go to stay off the streets.

"One Sunday, 57 children came to church without their parents. The building is maxed out. We need more space. We need a bigger facility for the children to come and play," said Shanks.

Shanks and others in the community came up with an idea to buy land and build a community center..

The land along South Market Street has already been purchased and the plans for the $2 million center are ready to go. Leaders say it will house a basketball court, indoor track, archery range, a 100-seat movie theater and lots more.

The community center will be operating off of grants and donations.

People like Renee Hoffman think the center's a great idea.

"It they have a place to go to play basketball, if they have a place to go to have a good meal, to watch a good wholesome movie - if that prevents one of these children from going to prison or coming into the system, it's well worth it," said Hoffman.

"The idea of the center is to get the children off the street. They have no place to go. We're halfway between Dover and Milford, so parents would have to haul them one way of the other," said Wilbur Jones of Frederica.

Neighbors say giving kids a place to socialize will help build a stronger community.

Shanks says anyone who wants to offer support can send donations to:

Frederica Community Center

PO Box 783

Frederica, DE 19946

For more information, visit www.fredericacommunitycenter.org.

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