SHARING OUR STRENGTH
Can you help us?
We need donations of the following items during September and October:
School supplies (pencils, lined paper, crayons, etc.) for our afterschool activities
Gift certificates (mini-golf, bowling, etc.) or gift cards (Jamba Juice, Yogurtland, Subway, etc.) for student incentives
Books (K-8th grade reading level) for our mobile libraries
Crafting materials (paint, glue, buttons, felt, etc.) for our afterschool activities
New, packaged toys for a service learning project
Dollar Tree/99 Cent gift cards for incentives and clubs
While shopping for your family, please pick something up for our resource campaign!
Do you have a few minutes to talk? We’d love to have parent speakers share knowledge or career information with our students! (See your Site Director to make arrangements for a date and time.)
Why are we doing this? Donations of supplies and incentives will help us stretch our resources to give your kids the quality afterschool experience they deserve. We’re also starting a service learning project in which each site will choose an organization to which they can send donated toys or other extra materials.
This will help teach our students the global awareness and compassion they will need as adults in the 21st century. The YMCA is dedicated to teaching students caring and social responsibility.
Feel free to bring any resources to your site supervisor or to the Y-ACES office at Cameron Elementary (on the corner of Cameron and Dawley in West Covina.)
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (626) 214-9716.
We appreciate your help and contributions.
You make our program stronger.
Y-ACES to Camp and Science Expeditions!
This was our 3rd annual camping experience for our Y-ACES students. Sending our students on two separate weekends; grades 1st -8th. These weekends included: science explorations, hiking trips, rock climbing, owl palette dissection, character development, and team building activities. This is always a great way to get our students out of the daily life of a fast city and get them comfortable with getting close to nature. This was also a great opportunity for students to build good relationships with their peers and have positive interactions without societal pressures. Our students had a great time and have always had positive feedback about their experience up at Camp Elk.
Sailing with Y-ACES
This year Y-ACES took some of our students on a new adventure. We took a combined group of about 60 2nd-6th graders on an overnight sailing trip on the American Pride in Long Beach, CA. This experience was unique in that our students once on the ship time traveled back to the 1800's and became sailors, and experience a real sailors lifestyle. They took part in several activities, like steering the ship, bowman chair, tying sailor knots, and night watch. After rising early Sunday morning, the group took part in a 3 hour trip out to sea with hopes of sighting whales and seals. As a part of our Y-ACES program we strive to expose our students to new things and places.