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Bethune-Cookman, YMCA Team Up to Get Kids Reading

In a school where only 29 percent of third-graders read at grade level, an afterschool reading program works to address this gap.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal

YMCA Pilot Program Found to Boost Skills Students Need to Learn

YMCA of the USA is expanding a pilot afterschool program designed to close the achievement gap for low-income children, following early signs that students are gaining the skills and motivation they need to do well in school.
Education Week

'Tis the Season to Develop Volunteer Habits for Life

During the holidays, most families look for opportunities to be together. Children are out of school, vacation plans are in place and the road trips, football, food, music and traditions make it a perfect time to connect with others. There is another “tradition” that can add to the magic of the holidays: volunteering.

RYE YMCA Members Come Together to Benefit Sharing Shelf in Port Chester

Organized by the Y’s Togetherhood committee, volunteers donate new or gently-used seasonal clothing for babies, children and teens during a day of service. 
Rye Patch

Roanoke Second-Graders Learn about Water Safety with YMCA's Safe Splash

Seven-year-old Shakira Smiley was sopping wet, but beaming from ear to ear. She, along with 100 elementary school children, took part in a program aimed at teaching safety skills for when in and around water. 
The Roanoke Times

YMCA Thanksgiving Dinner

When ends don't meet, one local YMCA helps fill in the gap, bringing people together around a warm meal.

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Three Ways to Back on Track for the New Year

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Many young adults, including myself, are just starting to return to college and may feel a little bit out-of-sync. This doesn’t just have to apply to collegiate students; this goes for everybody. Getting back into a routine is difficult after the holidays and now is the time where we start to fall off the wagon with our New Year’s resolutions. Here are a couple of quick tips that I find really help when I feel I’m in a rut.


Impromptu Long Runs

Running further than planned? Take it easy and enjoy the view!

In the dead of winter, a brief warmup can inspire you to run much further and longer than you originally planned more

Cry Baby

(photo credit: Thinkstock/Collection: Fuse) 

“I’m losing it,” I thought to myself. I tried to put my daughter’s bib around my neck and was confused that it didn’t fit and also wasn’t a necklace. Read that twice if you need to. It was going on three weeks that I hadn’t gotten a night of uninterrupted sleep. Maya was waking up more than 3 times every night. more

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