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YMCA ‘Celebrate Reading Day’ Wednesday
Event to be held from 1 until 3 p.m.

What: Celebrate Reading Day
Where: Statesboro Family YMCA
When: Wednesday, July 18, 1 until 3 p.m.

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will have community leaders and YMCA board members reading storybooks to children at nine of its locations Wednesday, including Statesboro Family YMCA, in a Celebrate Reading Day.

Here, a series of adult volunteers will read to participants in the Y’s summer day camp between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Readers scheduled for the first hour are Statesboro Family Y board members Steve Weech and Cicely Sikes, Bulloch County Commissioner Walter Gibson, Statesboro City Manager Randy Wetmore and YMCA of Coastal Georgia President and CEO Joel Smoker.

During the second hour, newly arrived Georgia Southern University freshmen in the university’s BUILD program will read to day campers, said YMCA of Coastal Georgia Marketing Director Hillary Bradbury. BUILD is an annual program that promotes leadership and community involvement among Georgia Southern students, and BUILD volunteers are also scheduled to do some cleanup work at the Y.

Through its Celebrate Reading Day, the YMCA hopes to emphasize the role its programs play during the summer months to help reduce the impact of the “summer slide” in learning, states a news release Bradbury provided.

“The Y has longstanding history with providing quality educational programs for the children and families of Coastal Georgia,” Smoker, the Y of Coastal Georgia president, said in the release. “We are proud to be part of a widespread community where so many of our leaders, partners and members are committed to tackling summer learning loss and promoting a lifelong passion for learning.”

Statesboro Family YMCA opened last fall as the Y of Coastal Georgia’s newest branch, and this is its first season hosting a summer day camp.

On average about 35 children ages 5-12 have been attending the camp here each week, Bradbury said. Besides taking part in recreational and creative activities, all of the Y’s day campers are expected to log at least 20 minutes of reading each day.

Other Coastal Georgia branches participating in Celebrate Reading Day are the Effingham, Golden Isles, Habersham, Islands, Liberty County/Armed Services, Richmond Hill, Tybee Island and West Chatham YMCAs.

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