‘YNot!” YMCA program for Blan students kindergarten and up


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BLANCHESTER — The Wildcat Wellness group announced that the Blanchester Local School (BLS) district has been awarded a grant from the Lucas fund at the Clinton County Foundation to provide summer camp experiences for our students.

“We have also been able to partner with several organizations, the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, The Exchange in Blanchester and the transportation department of BLS, to make this program available for our students,” said Rebecca Wilson, School Social Worker.

“The Countryside YMCA is one of the best in the world with state-of-the-art recreational facilities, activities and programs for the entire family,” said school nurse Linda Falgner. “The YMCA will be welcoming our students to their themed day camps during the month of June and are gearing up for lots of excitement for them.

“The Exchange, an outreach ministry of the Blanchester Church of the Nazarene, will be vital to this program by facilitating safe drop-off and pick-up points for campers, offering extra transportation and lunches as needed. The BLS buses and drivers will be providing transportation to and from the YMCA from the Exchange.”

The grant includes free transportation and reduced rates for the day camps.

The camps will be held three days a week on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. during June. Students will meet at The Exchange at 116 N. Broadway St., Blanchester at 9 a.m. and return to The Exchange at 3 p.m.

All BLS students who have finished kindergarten are eligible to participate.

An application is required. Camp registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline to apply of Friday, May 19. Application forms are available in the BLS school offices and on the district web page.

The Wildcat Wellness group says “YNot!” participate in this wonderful program. They express their gratitude to theirpartners and especially the Lucas Fund at the Clinton County Foundation for this great opportunity for our students.

Any questions about the program should be directed to the district school nurse, Linda Falgner, or the school social worker, Rebecca Wilson, at 937-783-3642.

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