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Thursday, April 25, 2024

The Y – Back to school safety + own a piece of Y history


Wow, where did summer go?! It feels like we were just getting ready for swimming, sun, and SPF. All of a sudden it’s back-to-school season!

As we head back for the fall and we see more school buses on the road, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of best school bus safety practices. 

While school buses are designed to be very safe for their passengers, safety risks exist at the bus stop and when entering and exiting the bus. Here’s how your family can be as safe as possible:

  • At the bus stop, riders should arrive early to avoid rushing, stand back from the curb, and refrain from running around at the stop.
  • When entering and exiting the bus, wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, and be sure to use the handrails.
  • Never walk behind the bus. If you have to walk in front of the bus, make eye contact with the driver, and walk well in front of the bus. 

Drivers should take extra care on the road by being alert at all times and obeying applicable laws in their state. Please remember that:

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that a school bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children; and
  • Red flashing lights indicate that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off.

As a reminder, the Fry Family YMCA and the YMCA Safe ‘N Sound program in Naperville offer before- and after-school care for school age kids, in addition to our preschool, and infant and toddler care. As part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, we are committed to early childhood and youth development, and believe every child deserves the chance to reach his or her fullest potential. 

For more information about YMCA programming in Naperville, including child care, please visit us online at ymcachicago.org/fry and ymcachicago.org/safensound.

Finally this month, we want to let you know about an opportunity to own a piece of Naperville history. Approximately 300 commemorative bricks from the former Kroehler YMCA will be available for $112 each, recognizing the 112 years that the Kroehler Y served the Naperville community from 1910 to 2022. Proceeds from each brick and accompanying plaque will go to programs that support children and families in Naperville. Stop by our front desk for more information!

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Stephanie Kuzelis
Stephanie Kuzelishttps://www.ymcachicago.org/fry/
Stephanie Kuzelis is the Executive Director at the Fry Family YMCA.


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