Rocksolid Teen Community Center receives two vans

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The Rocksolid Teen Community Center in Brush Prairie received two new vans after a number of donors and organizations stepped up to secure the vehicles.

Marcy Sprecher, executive director of the Rocksolid Teen Community Center, said the new vehicles will replace the vans the center has used for more than 20 years.

“We’ve been driving the same pickups for many, many years, and they’re tired and gluttonous,” Sprecher said. “We’re excited to have brand new vans that will hopefully last us another 20 years.”

Each van seats 12 people and children are brought to the center after school with the permission of their parents or guardians.

In addition to the vans, Sprecher said Rocksolid also has contracts with the Battle Ground and Hockinson school districts so children can be bussed to the center.

Funds for the new vehicles consisted of an anonymous donation of $25,000, a $50,000 grant from the Firstenburg Foundation, $11,300 from 100 Men Clark County, and various donations from the fundraising of the Rocksolid 2021 concert. The fundraising concert was held at Pomeroy Cellars in Yacolt in August last year and kicked off the pickup fundraising process.

Sprecher said the vans will feature Rocksolid branding and also highlight companies that support the center’s transportation program. These featured businesses include Riverview Community Bank, Dan’s Tractor, and S&T Truck Repair, among others.

Each company pays $500 to have their information included in the vans and also featured on the Rocksolid website.

“Funding goes towards van maintenance, van refueling, insurance, and whatever else we need to keep them running,” Sprecher said.

Rocksolid offers a multitude of programs to keep kids active in the community. The after-school program offers youth development programs for children in grades 5-12 and provides daily activities for students.

“We partner with other nonprofits so we can bring a different perspective to them regardless of their mission, like Prevent Together,” Sprecher said.

Students in the program do community service projects, they attend field trips, and there are also summer camps run by the center, so Sprecher said the vans are in daily use.

Field trips consist of taking kids to Trail Blazers games in Portland, Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Battle Ground Police Department, Skyzone, and Camp Hope.

“Wherever we need to be with our kids, we can take them with the van,” Sprecher said. “During the camp, we take them to different places so that we not only give them an educational play, but we can also have fun.”

She said part of the educational part of the camp includes the League of Police Activities, where children learn about the work of law enforcement and crime scene investigations as part of their CSI camp.

The Rocksolid Teen Community Center is located at 12919 NE 159th St. in Brush Prairie. It is open from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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