ROCK FALLS – The Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA this summer will bring free activities and lunches to kids – right into their neighborhoods.
The new outreach program targets kids in kindergarten through eighth grade in Rock Falls who might not have access to physical activities, enrichment activities, or healthy meals when school is out for the summer, said Melissa Ryan, youth development director for the YMCA.
The program is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch served at 11:30 a.m., Mondays and Fridays from June 3 to Aug. 16 at Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St., and the Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th St.
The program will focus on healthy lifestyles and include physical activities, art lessons, and character and asset development, Ryan said.
The YMCA already has partnered with several community organizations to provide programs. Woodlawn Arts Academy will lead painting, dancing and other art activities. Jeremiah Box of the Sauk Valley Predators will run basketball skills clinics. And the Giving Power to Adolescents teen club will do asset-enriching games and team-building activities.
The program also includes a free lunch for anyone younger than 18, regardless of the child’s participation in the program, Ryan said.
The YMCA will provide meals that meet the nutritional guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just like meals served in schools.
Families do not need to register for the program, nor do kids need to attend every session. Parents or guardians may drop off kids and sign in on the first day of participation, any Monday or Friday from June to August.
The YMCA received a $20,000 grant through YMCA of the USA to put on the summer program.