UNION — The school year is under way and parents who need someplace for their children to go after school until they can pick them up can register them in the Union County YMCA’s Afterschool Program.
Director of Healthy Living Lindsay Rogers said that registration is now under way for the Afterschool Program which offers children who attend it a variety of educational, recreational, and spiritual activities.
“We offer them structured homework help, where our counselors sit down with them and actually help them do their homework,” Rogers said. “We offer them a healthy snack and then we have structured physical activity time where we play games with the kids for at least 45 minutes every day.
“We do daily devotions,” she said. “The counselors plan out the devotions. They’ll sit down with the kids for about 15 minutes of interactive devotions.”
Rogers added that as part of the Afterschool Program, YMCA personnel pick the children enrolled in the program up from school.
“We pick them up from school and bring them back to the Y,” Rogers said. “They’ll be here until six o’clock.”
Registration for the Afterschool Program is already under way, but Rogers said parents who want to enroll their children can do so throughout the school year.
“Registration is any time a parent needs the Afterschool Program for their child,” Rogers said. “Even if it is the middle of the year.”
The Afterschool Program for the Union area takes place at the Union County YMCA located at 106 Lakeside Drive, Union.
For the Jonesville area, the Afterschool Program takes place at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School on New Hope Church Road.
The program costs $140 a month per child for YMCA members and $160 a month per child for non-members. Financial assistance is provided by the YMCA for families that qualify for it.
In addition to its Afterschool Program, the YMCA is offering a number of other activities including Fall Soccer.
Rogers said the program is for children ages 3-14 with practices during the week at the Y and games on Saturday.
To enroll a child in the program costs $55 for YMCA members and $65 for non-members. There is, however, a $5 discount for those who register their children by Friday, Aug. 29.
Rogers said that the YMCA uses the registration fee to provide the children with shoes and socks to wear for the games and, at the end of the season, a trophy. The children are presented with their trophies during a soccer party at the end of the season.
Friday, Sept. 5 is the last day to register for Fall Soccer at the YMCA.
They YMCA is also offering a number of fitness classes including:
• Strength for Daily Living (SDL), a no impact class designed to increase muscular strength, flexibility, and range of motion for a healthy, active lifestyle. A chair is used for support during the standing and aerobic portion of the workout.
• Yoga welcomes all fitness levels. Learn poses, breathing, and stretching. From Level I through III. To make this classes as challenging as you want. This class is a powerful tool to help reduce stress and increase overall health, mentally and physically.
• Cardio Sculpt is a class designed for all fitness levels. This class combines cardio and strength training for a great workout.
• Ab/Fab consists of abdominal training along with toning of the body.
• Group Walking/Muscle Toning involves taking a group walk and then toning your muscles with weight/resistance training. All fitness levels welcome.
• ZUMBA is a fun dance-based cardio workout that combines high energy tunes with different styles of choreopgraphy.
• SPIN is simulated outdoor cycling and training such as hill climbing, sprints, and mountain biking.
• Turbo Kick combines cardio kickboxing with dance for a high intensity, fast-paced workout!
• PiYo is an up-tempo, non-spiritual approach to mind/body exercise. Combines the strength conditioning of Pilates and the flexibility and balance of yoga. All fitness levels welcome.
The itness classes are included in YMCA memberships.
For more information about the YMCA, its Afterschool Program, Fall Soccer program, and Fitness classes call 864-427-0668.
The Union County YMCA is open Monday-Thursday from 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday from 5 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:30-5 p.m.