Submitted by Andrew Mackie
July 18, 2012
The Yadkin Family YMCA is collecting backpacks and school supplies to ensure every student starts the school year ready to learn.
Now through August 15, potential members will receive a $19 joining fee when they donate a new backpack.
“Many of us remember picking out a brand new backpack and purchasing supplies to get ready for the first day of school each year,” said Tres Fordham, executive director of the Yadkin Family YMCA. “Parents struggling to make ends meet may not be able to provide that experience, but we can still help children start the school year ready for success and make back to school special.”
More than half of the students in Yadkin County enrolled in free or reduced lunch in the 2010-2011 school year. Those families may not be able to purchase all the appropriate school supplies, new book bags, and classroom supplies needed each school year. The Y has partnered with West Yadkin Elementary School to deliver all donated backpacks and school supplies to students in need.
The special joining fee with a donation, a savings of up to $80 depending on the type of membership, is available only through August 15. Current YMCA members can refer a friend a receive $25 off their next month’s dues. Donated backpacks must be new and never used.
The Y brings friends and neighbors together over shared interests in developing the potential of kids, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our community.
Membership at the Y provides access to comprehensive wellness and aquatics facilities, group exercise classes, savings on programs such as Boot Camps, Summer Camp, Youth and Adult Sports, Swim Lessons and much more.
The YMCA offers financial assistance and never turns anyone away due to the inability to pay. Visit yadkinymca.org for more information.