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Monday, February 18, 2013

Strong kids make better adults...

On February 27th  the Strong Kids Campaign Kickoff Breakfast is taking place at 7:30 am at the Carls Family YMCA.  The guest speaker at this year’s kickoff breakfast is former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple. This annual breakfast kicks of the fund-raising campaign for the program that the Y runs to make sure that no children or teens are denied the benefits of the programs that the Y runs for them because of a lack of funds. The funds collected are used to provide scholarships to those programs for kids who could not otherwise afford to attend them.

With your donation to the Strong Kids Campaign, you make it possible for children and teens to take part in programs that teach them positive behaviors, allow them to explore their talents and help them grow and realize their potential. Thank you for your support and generosity!

Because of your contribution, this year the Carls Family YMCA is able to support the following programs:

•Carls Family YMCA Day Camp (Camp Huron): Last summer, more than 75 families applied for financial support in order to afford safe, nurturing and enriching YMCA camp for their children.  Many working families are unable to afford summer camp without your support. 100 campers need your support. The average family receives $100 in weekly support in order to afford Y Camp while parents work.

•Carls Swims Initiative: The Carls Family YMCA has pledged to teach 500 disadvantaged children to swim each year. In a 7 week session, the Y transforms a child from fearing water to being able to swim unassisted to safety.  The YMCA’s goal is to ensure all Carl’s children are able to swim and be safe around water. 500 children want to learn how to swim. A gift of $60 supports one child through a 7 week swim program.

•Youth Sports: These programs emphasize good sportsmanship, teamwork, persistence and skill development while setting a child on a path to an active and healthy life style. 250 children can participate in sports and thus begin a healthier lifestyle. A gift of $50 will allow a child to learn a new sport, develop teamwork skills and grow into a healthy adult.

•Character Counts Preschool: Our age-appropriate program is filled with fun, educational activities designed to expand children’s imagination.  Children learn about sharing, making good choices and group play in a caring, safe environment. They also learn the Y’s lifelong positive values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 40 families applying for assistance for Character Counts preschool receives $250 in monthly assistance in order to ensure a quality, enriching preschool experience while family members are at work providing for their family. 

Help during this critical time in children’s’ lives. RSVP for the breakfast event by Feb 20 to Sharon Peterson (248)685-3020 or by email

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