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Our View: YMCA aids with summer scholarships

The Signal Editorial Board

Posted: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Summertime.

It's a magical word for youngsters, one associated with freedom, sunshine, melting snow cones, fireworks and barbecues.

For working folks, those fond associations with the season can linger years, or even decades after becoming outdated - after the season actually means laboring in air conditioned cubicles and dreading to set foot outside where the sunshine is more oppressive than liberating.

But for one group of residents - working parents of school-age children - summer signals the hassle and expense of finding constructive and safe day care for kids whose freedom from school is not matched by similar parental freedom.

As school districts have virtually eliminated summer school for all but the academically failing, parents' choices for keeping their kids safely and gainfully occupied have dwindled - and they've done so at a time with parents' pocketbooks may have taken serious hits.

Many Santa Clarita Valley nonprofits and other agencies have stepped into the fray to help out. We at The Signal salute each and every one of them for doing something to avoid the prospect of more latchkey kids.

The city of Santa Clarita has offered its Camp Clarita weekly summer camp for years, providing a balanced and healthy blend of activities for kids.

Many local churches host weekly vacation Bible schools, and other agencies such as the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA also host day care activities.

Such activities can be expensive, however. They tend to run $100 a week or more for all-day care for each child.

That's why we find the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA Summer Day Camp scholarship so laudable.

According to Pat Jahnke of the SCV YMCA, officials are offering some parents with limited financial resources and other hardships the chance to apply for scholarships so their kids can enjoy the Y's summer day camp.

YMCA Summer Day Camp is a 10-week program lasting from June until September and open to children between 5 and 12. Parents may apply for the scholarship or enroll their children in any week of the camp, Jahnke said.

The cost of the day camp is $160 a week, but that cost can be mitigated by the scholarship, Jahnke said.

Scholarship applications can be found online at www.ymcala.org/scv or picked up at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA office at 26147 McBean Parkway in Valencia.

They must be dropped off at the Y's office.

We applaud this agency for going the extra mile to help build fond summer memories in the next generation of Santa Clarita Valley residents.

 

 

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