|Updated: 4/01 10:19 am
||Published: 3/31 10:34 pm
A grand opening unveiled a new development in North Tulsa has been in the works for decades: fixing the community from the inside out.
"It’s so surreal, it’s like it’s not really happening,” said Pastor Melvin Cooper.
Cooper has preached plenty of sermons about changing north Tulsa’s story: the violence, the perception, and the future.
"I live just up the street from it, so I can just walk here,” said Evan Hulett.
Until now, Hulett couldn't do that. None of the kids at the facility could. The area around 56th and North Peoria had become a haven for trouble.
The kids had a front row seat to what was happening. Now, they have a chance to walk away from it. Metal detectors filter out what will be left behind in the streets.
"It’s a deterrent. We want parents to know that when their kids are here they're safe,” said executive director, Charles Harper.
It’s called Edurec. Private donations built the facility. Kids can get a hot meal, and plenty of healthy distractions. Before they touch a video game, they'll extend their education.
"This is a vision that has finally come to pass,” said Cooper.
The sheriff's office is in on the deal too. That’ll improve trust in the community. Also, a staff of folks will keep tabs on kids at school who show up.
"Going to school every day, having good behavior and doing your best," said Harper.
It’s their ticket to get into Edurec free, and a better future.
"They say it's a place to keep kids of the street and I feel like if I come here I can come here a lot," said patience Wilson.
It’s convenient, because everything is within reach. Edurec is open Thursday, through Saturday.