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The Wellman YMCA’s early-out program is looking to raise some money.
The program, which offers activities Mid-Prairie elementary school students on early-out days, did not receive the grant money it had been awarded in previous years.
“The Washington County Riverboat Foundation gave us $2,000 grants the past three years,” Wellman YMCA Branch Director Angie Boyse said. “We didn’t get one this year.”
Boyse said that the program, which is free to students, costs about $3,000 a year to operate.
“We have over 70 kids in the program now, which shows the need in the community for it,” Boyse said. “We wanted to continue the program because we know how important it is.”
The program was started in 2010 by the Mid-Prairie Council of Churches. Boyse said that, at that time, the district only had four early dismissal days during the school year.
“As the district added more early out days, the churches asked the Y to take over,” she said.
This year, the district has 14 early-out days scheduled, and that participation in the program has doubled from last year.
The program is offered to Mid-Prairie students from kindergarten to fourth grade. Students from Mid-Prairie East Elementary are bused to the YMCA in Wellman.
The program offers a variety of activities and snacks for the students from 1:30-4 p.m. on early dismissal days.
It is free for students, and Boyse said it is important to keep it that way.
To make up for the lost grant money, the YMCA is raising funds through a Zombie Fun Run in conjunction with the annual community fun night on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Registration is $20, and all proceeds go to the early out program.
“Right now our goal is $3,000, which is what it costs to run the program,” Boyse said. “We just want to cover the costs.”
The event will be held at North Park in Wellman.