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Posted on 10/5/15 11:50 AM by Beth Roessner
Jenny Dillon is no stranger to teaching children to swim, and as the Assistant Aquatics Director at YMCA Silver Spring, she has helped institute many swim programs.
But three years ago, she was tasked with a slightly different assignment. The Y was approached by the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind to help institute a swimming program for visually-impaired youth. Through lessons and camp programs, Jenny and her staff have helped many children find confidence, comfort and safety in the water.
Posted on 7/27/15 11:52 AM by Beth Roessner
Show Place Arena was transformed into a space celebrating the wild, wacky and wonderful world of science and technology on Thursday, July 23rd. With two floors full of hands-on science experiments and the help of over 500 corporate volunteers, nearly 4,000 area youth became active tinkerers at the 21st Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention.
The arena was filled with tables of activities ranging from air traffic control simulation to growing seedlings in a necklace. There were electric conductors made out of bananas and wires, and a table full of forgotten tech: VHS tapes, old video games and hand-powered tools.
Posted on 6/20/14 11:40 AM by Tracey Mitchell
Summer learning is the focus of a number of Y summer programs. With this focus, all day and resident camp programs incorporate math, literacy, arts and science components to their programs, giving kids added academic exposure along with the enrichment and character building activities that we know help young people succeed in school and life.
Senior VP of Program Development, Janice Williams breaks down exactly what makes the Y great and how it fights to end Summer Learning Loss in its summer programming:
Posted on 8/12/13 3:34 PM by Tracey Mitchell
On August 11, 286 eager kids participated in the Reston Kids Triathlon and took on a day of active fun!
Families gathered at Langston Hughes Middle School to take part in biking, running and swimming at the 3rd Annual event of the YMCA Fairfax County Reston and the Reston Association.
Posted on 7/25/13 3:23 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Today marks our 19th Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention!
Imagine if the next big thing was invented by a 6-year old. Today, over 4,000 DC-area youth will stretch their imagination and creativity at the Y’s Thingamajig Invention Convention. Peaking months of designing and constructing, hundreds of eco-friendly inventions will be debuted with hopes of winning their category – which includes prizes, praise and a party at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Posted on 7/19/13 3:22 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Being a Y kid has it's benefits in more ways than one:
We're talking free autographed books and author meet-and-greets....even better! Beginning with this past Wednesday and ending today, YMCA summer camp kids spent individual time with award-winning author, Erica Perl.
Posted on 7/8/13 3:20 PM by Tracey Mitchell
You've got 30 seconds to answer this question.............
.....Okay, we'll help you. Here's what we have in common with Ice Cream and Pres. Ronald Reagan.
Posted on 6/24/13 3:18 PM by Tracey Mitchell
The sun is shining today and you should too!
Soak up the sun today on your way to visit one of our branches in your area and enjoy. Whether it's through your workout, your career, or even your daily routine - make today better by setting a goal for yourself to shine through it all.
Posted on 6/14/13 3:17 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Picture a bright noon day: kids are holding their dads' hands tightly, sitting in their laps and enjoying time well spent. This was today’s scene at our YMCA Fairfax County Reston branch, as they celebrated fathers with their annual Father's Day Luncheon. Local dads took time out of their busy work day to sit with their kids for lunch and enjoy some “Daddy and Me” time with their 3-5 year old kids. This gave them the perfect opportunity to take a peek into their child's day, interact with their child’s friends and teachers and even mingle with other fathers in celebration.
Posted on 6/7/13 3:11 PM by Tracey Mitchell
A child's brain during summer can be totally different than their genius brains during the school year.
It is true that summer can affect the brain of today's youth when they are left to nothing but cable television, video games and junk food.
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