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Staff of J.L King Center fight for more funding

With a lack of funding and pulled grants, staff at the J.L King center say they're fighting to secure more funding to stay open.

Posted: May 22, 2019 6:43 PM
Updated: May 22, 2019 6:43 PM

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historic building in starkville is in jeopardy of closing its doors for good after a program pulled funding. wtva's nicole dantzler joins us live at the j.l king center where she spoke with staff members and kids who attend the programs to see how their trying to pull through.. im in front of the j.l king center where i spent some time with staff members and kids. i could see the heartbreak and tears in their eyes as they tell me the possible future of the building and all of its programs. all they want is funding to keep their lights on so they can help their community. angel christian, the adult education instructor at the center says she attended the feeding program since she was a little girl. back in november 2018 she began working here to put on programs for kids and adults like the summer camps, ged testing and anger management classes. "it's something that not everyone offers and i just don't see how we can let this close." angel christian- adult education instructor the center lost the families first grant in january due to the government shut down. ((take sot)) "that grant pretty much paid for staff, supplies, it paid for everything." latalla harris-program manager latalla harris is the program manager for the center and she says losing that grant meant that had to take pay cuts and let go of some of their teachers. "we don't want his legacy to go down with just shutting down that center and having nothing there. that center needs to be...open" at tuesday's board of aldermen meeting she asked members to consider giving them public funds to pay for utilities. if they secure funds for electricity and water harris says they can still do everyday activities and keep their kids in a safe space. "i like coming here to get help with my homework and doing the activities here." "we get to do fun stuff and get to get on computers." "it's just fun and we got to go over there and plant" the program they're under called emerson families centered program said they will fund the center until june first. since then the center has been fighting for donation and grants to stay open for the next five years. live in starkville nicole dantzler wtva nine news. memorial day
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