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YMCA fundraising campaign goal: Leave no child behind

Ohanian Comment: Here's a program that truly tries to leave no child behind. I wonder how much the school district spends on standardized testing and paperwork for NCLB.

By Eric Crump

"No Child Left Behind" is the name given the federal education law, but it might serve as a motto for the Salt Fork YMCA's current fundraising campaign.

The "Strong Kids, Strong Families" campaign is designed to raise money to help the YMCA offer programs and access for children in the community who might not otherwise be able to participate.

The campaign brochure notes that the goal is "to ensure that no one is denied a chance to participate in the YMCA experience because of inability to pay."

Executive Director Jack Harvey said recently that the campaign is in its final phase, when it is open to contributions from anyone in the community.

The goal this year is to raise at least $40,000. The campaign raised $41,000 last year. Harvey said the campaign had raised nearly 75 percent of the goal so far.

"One of our most important goals is to enrich the lives of individuals in our community," the campaign brochure notes. "When some are left out, it leaves us all a bit poorer."

The YMCA offers a number of programs and activities for children that are designed to "build healthy spirit, mind and body" and help children develop confidence and self-esteem.

— Eric Crump
Marshall Democrat-News


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