Abbott Community Center Summer Program Sees High Demand

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A community center with major ties to East Topeka is up and running for the summer, thanks to the generosity and love of the surrounding community.

The Shawnee County Commission continues looking for an entity to take over operations of the Juan "Poppy" Abbott Community Center, but Thursday, it was packed with children taking part in a summer program.

Commissioners leased the center to Faith and Hard Work Ministries for a free lunch program and other volunteer efforts. Volunteer organizer Curtis Pitts says a child came in and asked if he could play basketball, another child followed and, now, they're averaging about 100 children a day coming in for activities.

The center will be open from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday through Sunday.

Posted by Melissa Brunner