Growing up in Westport, Jordan Schur spent plenty of time at the Westport Weston Family YMCA.
He still lives here. Now he’s a father. Jordan writes:
I want to express thanks and gratitude for the YMCA staff in the before/after- school childcare programs.
The pandemic has brought challenges to every family. For a 2-parent working household like ours, the Y has been a lifesaver. Let me highlight what an amazing resource they have been.
Westport’s elementary schools meet 2 hours and 45 minutes of in-school teaching each day, either morning or afternoon.
This leaves a lot of unaccounted-for hours, including kids’ “specials” (gym, art, music, Spanish) and homework.
This is just one area where the YMCA has been incredible. The staff helps kids log into their computers to do their specials, and provides them with materials and assistance.
The staff also helps kids with their homework in fun and creative ways, like turning sight words into artistic clouds that my wife and I would never have thought of even in normal times.
Then there are great extracurricular activities like swimming. The staff ensures they are there on time, as well as helping with lunches, the bus routine of getting to and from school, and countless other things they do every day that parents never hear about.
Heading into the school year, we had concerns about how our daughter would keep up with her work, and how she could participate in daily “specials” without a parent to help her.
The YMCA stepped up, figured it out, and has been beyond accommodating. Their responsiveness to concerns is a model for any customer service business, and their attention to each child’s individual needs is refreshing.
With adjustments to the pool because of the latest COVID outbreak, the staff has taken special notice that there is less time for our daughter to get ready to swim. They ensure she is changed prior to her “special,” so she can get to her lesson on time.
Little things like that allow my wife and I to do our work, without having to sit distracted and concerned about how our daughter is managing.
And taking children for full Wednesdays when school is not in session, as well as school holidays, is a great solution to the constant juggling act of kid logistics.
So thank you to the whole YMCA team. I would highlight individuals, but I know how big a team it is to make everything described above come true. I don’t want to leave anyone out.
We are grateful for the role you have filled in our community. With so much uncertainty about the future, having a daily rock like your team is beyond reassuring.
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