ELYSIAN VALLEY — In early January a team of four energetic YMCA youth coaches debuted their school-based fitness program at Dorris Place Elementary School in the Elysian Valley.
School administration, staff and parents were searching for a supplemental physical education program for more than three years, and finally got it. The non-profit group, Partners of Dorris, had raised funds in hopes of gathering enough donations to help finance the cost of bringing a specialized fitness program to the school. This year, that investment paid off when representatives of Anderson-Munger YMCA presented the program to parents and staff.
The gifts of the YMCA program are two-fold. Teachers get grade level planning time while the students exercise.
“We are excited to partner with YMCA to promote health, fitness, and fun. While the students are receiving the benefits of learning from the YMCA coaches, an added bonus is that our teachers will have regular opportunities to collaborate for short-term and long-term lesson planning,” said Susan Grant Schmidt, Principal Dorris Place Elementary
The cost of the weekly program is shared 50-50 between Partners of Dorris’ non-profit fundraising proceeds and school-based funds for special programs.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s support to make this happen. It was thrilling to see the program launch and watch the YMCA coaches and our kids interact with such promise and enthusiasm today,” said Yolanda Lin, Vice President, Partners of Dorris.