by Lauren Odomirok

MOORESVILLE – Students, health enthusiasts and artists alike will soon find a well-prepared place for their interests at the Selma Burke Community Center.

Deputy Town Manager Maia Setzer said the site’s modular building should be open by Feb. 8, with organizations like Goodwill and Easter Seals moving in by Feb. 15. Setzer said the main building and gymnasium still need more painting, carpeting and tile work.

She anticipates an early-March grand opening.

Barbara Johnson, the Winnie Hooper Center supervisor, and Kobey Riley, recreation program supervisor for Mooresville, presented a vision and set of goals for the use of the recreation complex to commissioners Feb. 1.

The center’s programming will focus on youth engagement and family development. It will also partner with other agencies to modify existing programs that connect the special needs population to community resources.

Riley and Johnson offered tentative details of an after-school tutoring that would include three hours of daily homework help, activities, a nutritious snack and transportation to the center. The program will offer community service opportunities with the Cascade Community Garden, Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission and Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

The police department will provide a baseball program on the site while the library will offer literacy programs. Art and nutrition courses offered by the Mooresville Artist Guild and Lowe’s YMCA, respectfully, will be incorporated into the center’s schedule, along with drama and dance.

A summer enrichment camp is planned for students that will run weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and offer field trips, hands-on activities and learning in subjects like art, science and technology.

Winter holidays like Valentine’s Day are also on the center’s radar. The Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission with host a Heart for the Community Volunteer Day on Feb. 16 at the center.

The mission needs 48 adult volunteers for interior cleaning, painting and stripping and waxing of the vinyl floors.

For more information, call 704-664-2357.