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Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Students in the Washington Elementary afterschool program in Sterling pose with Melissa Ryan, Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA youth development director.

STERLING – The Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA has received a $5,000 grant from jcp cares, J.C. Penney Co.’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend afterschool programs at the Y.

This gift helps children in the Sterling community, who otherwise could not afford to participate, with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships, and skills kids need to thrive.

This is the fourth year the company has supported the local Y’s afterschool programs.

The Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA sees the benefits of this collaboration first-hand.

“The support of J.C. Penney enhances our efforts to serve as many children as possible with meaningful, high-quality afterschool programming,” Melissa Ryan, youth development di-rector, said. “By working together we can not only keep children safer, but also help provide them with lasting benefits, including healthier lifestyles, improved social skills, and an enhanced academic performance.”

The Y serves more than 200 children in afterschool programming in Rock Falls and Sterling.

In addition to supporting the local afterschool programs, jcp cares also named the Y as its featured charity for January.

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