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Girls Inc. marks 50 years

May 11, 1999

For 50 years, Girls Inc. of Washington County has been providing educational programs, gymnastics, computer classes and other activities for area youngsters.

The nonprofit organization will celebrate this milestone with singing, skits and refreshments at its 626 Washington Ave. facility today at 6:30 p.m.

Girls Inc., serves the needs of females ages 5 to 18, according to Maureen R. Grove, executive director.

"We try to teach girls to be assertive, self-sufficient and responsible citizens," she said.

About 200 girls are enrolled in the program and 65 are expected to participate in the 50th anniversary festivities, she said.

Girls Inc. offers a range of programs on weekdays from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on 35 weekends a year.

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"We offer an alternative to being out on the streets," said Grove.

The programs are open to any girl in Washington County.

The Washington County chapter is funded through the United Way and community contributions.

Girls Inc. is working to raise funds for a $1.5 million gym and an endowment fund. For information about contributing to or volunteering with Girls Inc., call Grove at 301-733-5430.

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