The Recorder – YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day focusing on summer activity

Revealed: 4/22/2022 3:29:56 PM

Modified: 4/22/2022 3:28:40 PM

GREENFIELD — Franklin County’s YMCA is hosting its once-a-year Healthy Children Working day on Saturday, April 30, encouraging family members to established children up for a summer months of achievements.

The party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Y’s Hope Street parking good deal.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this yr, Balanced Young children Working day is the Y’s countrywide initiative to increase well being and well-getting for small children and family members, a YMCA push launch describes. The Y hopes to get more youngsters transferring and mastering, generating healthier routines they can proceed whilst school is not in session.

“Healthy Youngsters Day is a entertaining, absolutely free neighborhood-vast celebration to kick off summertime and remind us all how crucial it is for little ones to keep lively bodily and mentally all over the summer time,” Sara Hannon, the Y’s director of communications, mentioned in the launch. “This calendar year, we are enthusiastic to spouse with Huge Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County to provide 100 no cost bikes to area young children.

“When Ericka (Almeida) of BBBS arrived at out in excess of the winter season to see about being a host website to go out the bikes they get from one more nonprofit, how could we say no?” Hannon continued. “Knowing Nutritious Young ones Day was getting area in the spring, this was the ideal opportunity to be equipped to arrive with each other for our community.”

Dad and mom and guardians need to reserve a time to decide on out a bicycle for their boy or girl. The bikes are best for young children ages 3 to 10. There is a combination of new and used balance bikes, trikes, mountain bikes, BMX bikes and scooters. The limit is a person per child. The Greenfield Kiwanis Club will also supply no cost helmets.

“Biking is a terrific household action and can enable little ones increase their overall psychological and actual physical wellness,” Almeida explained in the release. “BBBS is happy to be collaborating with Franklin County’s YMCA and the Greenfield Kiwanis (Club) to get 100 children outfitted with bikes and helmets.”

Mom and dad and guardians can reserve their child’s time to receive a bike by browsing or by contacting the YMCA at 413-773-3646.

Balanced Little ones Day will also function energetic perform and educational functions, this kind of as a bike impediment course for all youngsters who are acquiring bikes, a bounce dwelling and an aquatic-themed photo booth. In accordance to the launch, the YMCA Gymnastics Team will hold a overall performance together with a foodstuff and bake sale fundraiser. There will also be a zumba demonstration, a presentation by the College of Massachusetts Amherst Military Reserve Officer Instruction Corps (ROTC), and an option to pet ducks from a neighborhood duck sanctuary. Greenfield Police officers will deliver Officer Ripon, the department’s newest consolation dog.

“It’s good to be in a position to lastly provide the group jointly for an celebration like this,” Dave Garappolo, director of youth and families at the Y, claimed in the launch. “After two a long time of pandemic dwelling, to be capable to have this event and to be ready to provide other neighborhood companies for this day is what our local community is all about.”

Domestically, Wholesome Young ones Day is partnering with: Neighborhood Motion Pioneer Valley, Bikers In opposition to Baby Abuse (BACA), the Children’s Advocacy Heart of Franklin County and North Quabbin, Artspace Local community Arts Heart, Greenfield Neighborhood College, The Brick Property Local community Source Centre, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Greenfield Police and Fire departments, Just Roots, Greenfield Kiwanis Club, UMass ROTC, Duck Entire world and Large Brothers Massive Sisters of Franklin County. The Rolling Wave Basis donated the bikes and the Franklin County Fairgrounds housed them major up to Wholesome Kids Working day.

For a lot more info, get hold of Franklin County’s YMCA at 413-773-3646 or visit

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