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YMCA Announces Summer Program Plans

The STAUNTON-AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA is partnering with Staunton City Schools to provide a free enrichment program for the month of June.

It’s an extension of a previously existing partnership between the two organizations.

Since 2018, the YMCA and Staunton City Schools have worked collaboratively on the Summer Learning Loss Program, a model that featured an academic setting in the mornings and a YMCA Summer Day Camp-type experience in the afternoon.

That model will expand from approximately 60 students in 2019 to approximately 320 students in 2021, with all three Staunton City Schools elementary sites being used.  The program runs from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm June 7th through July 2nd.

Staunton City Schools has selected the students who will receive invitations to participate in this program.

“On Monday through Thursday, they (students) will be in some sort from class from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm,” said Nicole Kozikowski, day camp director at the STAUNTON-AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA. The focus of the academic portion will be on mathematics and literacy.

“In the afternoon, from 12:00 pm, the YMCA will be providing a camp-like program,” Kozikowski continued. “We’ll have games, activities and fun things to do. And then Staunton City Schools will bring kids home on the bus.”

Fridays for the collaborative program will be fun days, with no academic portion in the morning.

Additionally, the YMCA will offer an on-site program for middle schoolers at the YMCA. That program will be for students who have completed sixth, seventh or eighth grade and have yet to start high school.

The middle school program runs 7:45 am – 5:30 pm from June 7th through July 23rd. Registration for the middle school program is through the YMCA.

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