Details about programs offered through the Monett Area YMCA were presented by Jeremy Schmidt, youth and corporate membership director, at a recent meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
Schmidt, who has been with the Monett YMCA for the past five years, works primarily with children from kindergarten through sixth grade.
The after-school program gives children organized activities to attend until 5:45 p.m., when many parents are still at work and have no child-care available. Twenty-one young people from third to sixth grade participate in Monett, and 14 participate in Aurora.
The Monett program is held at the Central Elementary School. Schmidt said the YMCA also partners with the Ozark Food Harvest to provide snacks for the children. Cost is $100 for full-time Y members and $125 for non-members.
A number of activities fall under the umbrella of the YMCA's summer programs. The summer day camp is based at the Monett Y and runs from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants regularly go to Cassville and other locations for group games. Two weekly field trips are planned to such places as Whitewater and Silver Dollar City in Branson and city museums.
Several annual events are scheduled in the summer sessions. These include ice walking, where young people in the middle of summer heat walk around on blocks of ice. A water slide is set up at South Park in Monett, along with a chocolate slip and slide.
Activities involving partnering with area public service organizations, such as the Monett Fire Department, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), police, the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District and the Missouri National Guard.
There is a Hero Week planned in the summer. Participants make trips to the hatchery in either Chesapeake or at Roaring River State Park to learn about fishing. They also visit the YMCA's Camp Wakonda, near Halltown.
"We concentrate on doing something that is safe, affordable and allows kids to do something they normally wouldn't do," Schmidt said.
Ninety-five young people participated in summer programs this year.
School Day Out proves child care and activities when school is not in session. Schmidt said Y coordinators try to get young people out of their own environment into entertainment routines where they can receive individual attention.
Financial assistance is available to families that cannot afford the summer programs.
Schmidt was introduced by Kiwanis vice president Gordon Brown, who presided at the meeting.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.