YMCA Morrisville Pre-K Counts program says ‘good-bye,’ distributes learning packages
On Friday, March 13, teachers and administrators at YMCA of Bucks County’s Pre-K Counts program did not realize that they would be seeing their students for the last time. The lengthy, mandatory closure of all schools in Pennsylvania amid the COVID-19 pandemic meant that all end-of-year activities, final ‘goodbyes’ and even the ability to take personal items home would not occur as they normally would.
Students enrolled in the Pre-K Counts program identify as economically disadvantaged and qualify for the program through a government application process.
Teachers at the Morrisville-based school wanted to guarantee that the students would have what they needed to ensure the progress of their early learning and fine and gross motor skills. Through the school’s existing grant from Pre-K Counts and an award of funds from The United Way of Bucks County and Pennsbury School District, teachers and staff provided academic supply bags valued at $35 each to the 98 children enrolled in the Pre-K Counts program.
Additionally, teachers and administrators organized a car side pickup of the grant and donor funded materials as well as the students’ personal belongings. The classroom teachers handed the materials to families within their cars while wearing masks. In turn, many of the families brought flowers, cards and end-of-year gifts to the classroom teachers who served their children this year. Many cars were decorated with signs and messages of appreciation and love. The event ultimately allowed the students to say ’goodbye’ to their teachers and provided closure to the youth who will move on to Kindergarten next year.
A future distribution to students enrolled in all YMCA child care programs in Central, Lower and Upper Bucks County is planned, thanks to the grants from the United Way and the COVID-19 PHL Fund. The future distribution will also include a $50 food card to Giant Food Stores.
YMCA of Bucks County is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. Annually, the Y serves nearly 60,600 members and participants at its five member branches, six youth education centers, and eight camp locations across Bucks County. YMCA of Bucks County provides $5 million of community impact annually in the form of financial assistance to individuals and families in need and free programming for veterans, cancer survivors, older adults and more. To learn more visit ymcabucks.org.