Dear YMCA Staff,
We are writing this letter to thank you all for the many years of service you have provided our family. We have a nine year old daughter currently in the fourth grade. When she began attending kindergarten 5 years ago, we were told that there was a before-and-after school program offered through the YMCA, which interested us since we both work outside the home. Up to that point we knew very little about the YMCA, its standards, mission, etc. But we went ahead and signed her up, as it was the “best option” for us as it was on site at the school.
As parents we felt strongly about being involved in Taylor Ann’s education and care, as she would be spending more time there than she would be at home awake with us. So we began volunteering and serving as PAC members. It was during that time that we learned so much about the organization and what it stood for, as well as getting to know the wonderful staff. Over the years we have had so many positive experiences, and been enlightened by what our daughter brought home from the program. It is difficult to pinpoint them all.
Though, we do vividly remember Taylor Ann coming home from kindergarten very early on in the year and asking: “Are we a tolerant family?” At that moment we looked at each other in amazement: our little girl was growing up and asking “big girl” questions. To which we responded: “Well, Taylor Ann, what does it mean to be a tolerant family?” Without even having to give it some thought she said “To honor and respect others beliefs without giving up our own.” Wow were we proud!
During the conversation we learned that it was during “circle time” at the YMCA that she learned this. As I began asking questions of the staff, I learned so much more about what they shared and taught the children, and how they are at liberty to discuss religious beliefs, and encourage diversity and respect, because of being privately funded, and aren’t bound by the same rules and limitations of the school.
It is this and many other experiences that make us proud to say that we are a part of the YMCA program. Taylor Ann especially loves many of the activities the staff have for the children on a daily basis. We take every opportunity given to promote the YMCA, raise funds for projects, interact with the staff and families, etc. Because we believe that the YMCA truly does… “Build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.”
Thank you again for playing such an intricate role in our family, and for so many pleasant experiences. We look forward to many more enjoyable years to come.
Kenneth, Lisa & Taylor Ann Quick