With the first day of spring right around the corner, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to shedding some layers and spending more time outside. For the children we work with each day, warmer weather means more opportunities to run free, learn new things and explore the world around them.

Here at the Y, we focus on feeding children’s needs. Our staff works to develop programs that help children grow and thrive while teaching them lifelong values, like playing fair, respecting others, showing compassion and being honest. We teach through play and encourage children to be curious.

Y kids don’t just learn how to read, write and count—they expand their vocabularies and their minds, strengthen friendships and discover how fun it is to work together.

Have you ever dropped Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke to see the reaction? Y kids have.

Have you ever tried to clean pennies with various household items? Y kids have.

Have you ever sat down with a group of friends and talked about how to be caring or respectful? Y kids have, and do, every day.

Making a positive difference in the lives of children, families and communities happens in big ways and small ways. You’ll see it during after school programs, in swimming lessons, on the basketball court, at summer camp and even in the lobby each time a staff member has the opportunity to interact with a child. At the Y, we want children to know they are important and we want parents to be assured that we are exercising their children’s potential.

We invite you to come be part of the Y. Join us at an upcoming event, check out our summer camp programs or enroll in a new class and see what makes the Y so much more.