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New School Year, New Supplies

Throughout July, and some days in August, YWCA’s Youth Learning Centers provided materials for students and their families to use while continuing remote learning called ‘Grab ‘N Go’ packets.

Each of YWCA’s eight Youth Learning Centers opened for 3.5 hours on various days of the week. Families drove up to the Centers and were handed a packet with literacy activities based on their child’s age/reading level, along with information for parents to utilize. Literacy was the focus but Coordinators also included games, vocabulary puzzles, writing prompts for daily journal writing snacks, masks and hand sanitizer for students and their families to use throughout the COVID19 pandemic

Old Armory Coordinator Williams with students picking up Grab 'N Go packets.

At YWCA’s Old Armory Youth Learning Center, Coordinator Millicent Williams prepared Grab ‘N Go packets with pencils, markers, crayons, notebooks, books, candy bars and a toy. For students that had the highest usage of the i-Ready program, an online literacy tool, she awarded them with gift cards.

“It was a lot of fun and parents were very appreciative to receive packets and snacks!” said Department of Youth Programs Family Support Coordinator, Wendy Hernandez. “Our highlight was the monster bookmark craft for students to assemble in their packets.”

Park Road Youth Learning student picking up a Grab 'N Go packet
Sunridge Youth Learning students picking up a Grab 'N Go packet

“Sunridge Coordinators Gregory and Carrie set up a table outside at their Center,” said regional director of youth programs, Dr. Sheila Ijames. “Children were able to walk up and get their literacy Grab ‘N Go packets and then pose for a picture.”

You can see more photos of YWCA students picking up their Grab ‘N Go in our gallery below!