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38 YMCA children equipped for new school year

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Volunteer Middlesex Family YMCA shoppers and young recipients pose with bags and bags of new back-to-school items acquired through the YMCS Bright Beginnings program.

The new school year is here! Thanks to an outpouring of support from our community friends, the YMCA Bright Beginnings program sent 38 students back to school prepared and confident for a successful year.

The Bright Beginnings program, which was started eight years ago, pairs elementary-age school children with volunteers. Together they shop for back-to-school clothing, shoes, and school supplies. The real benefit to the children is far more than new clothes. The real benefit is increased self-esteem, confidence, courage, pride and excitement.

For more information on giving opportunities through the Y’s programs and services, call Rosabeth Ward Kissman at 776-8846.

The YMCA is open to people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. The generosity of many businesses and individuals make financial assistance available so everyone who wants to participate may do so.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 09.10.2014

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