The preschool classroom at the Early Learning Center is participating once again in the Adopt-A-Cow Program, in which they remotely adopt and follow the growth of a single cow. This year’s cow is named Sara and she lives on the Knebel Dairy Farm in Wisconsin. The Adopt-A-Cow Program is an opportunity for the children to learn more about animals, to follow the growth stages of their selected animal, and to grow along with her. Our children entered a video contest to win a trip to a farm, and are currently waiting to hear back about it. Through adopting Sara the cow, they can learn about ear tags, milk production, growth stages, and much more! They are also able to monitor the cow’s growth, receive updates, and learn about farms, animals and nutrition.
Solutions is a year-round, intrusive enrichment program designed for at-risk teens in our community.
The Knox County YMCA Solutions Program is currently serving approximately 200 students in Galesburg at Churchill Junior High School, Lombard Middle School and Galesburg High School.
The Solutions Program is designed to help improve student performance in four key areas: grades (specifically GPA), office referrals and punctuality (tardiness and absences). Using a three-tiered approach to mentorship, Solutions meets students where they live, go to school and play: visiting them at home, maintaining a presence at their school, and attending their extracurricular activities and events.
Working with families, faculty and educators, our team will provide students with essential life tools that will propel them to embrace excellence on a continual basis. Positive, material relationships and support, as we all know, play a significant role in student success. However, Solutions aims to do more toward actualizing said goals. It is also our aim to help students create and strengthen solid values like caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. These core YMCA values serve as the cornerstone of the Solutions Program.
Please, join with us to help our students embrace “The Solution”!
During the course of the school day, we visit students during lunch, counsel, assist faculty, conduct teacher-requested class sit-ins or presentations, and perform other duties as deemed necessary to Solutions Program attendees’ success, all provided within the scope and spirit of the school’s mission.
The after-school portion of the program begins at the end of the school day and lasts until 4:00p.m. and includes lessons in life skills, service learning and leadership. This portion of the program runs in conjunction with the Success tutoring program. Busses are available to bring students home after this program.
The Solutions Program is built on the belief that building relationships with the students and family is a key component of creating change. Our team visits homes and makes themselves available for participants at all hours of the day. Students are also invited to the Knox County Family YMCA for parties throughout the year.
IN THE COMMUNITY
- Car Wash at Yemm Auto Group in Galesburg! -Click the link to read more about our partnership or visit their home page HERE!
- Fish Food Pantry!- Click to view our pictures!
For more information regarding this program, please contact our Solutions staff:
Joey Range, Senior Solutions Director at 309-297-1536 or email.
Quincy Morrison, Solutions Director at 309-351-3496 or email.
Mandy Peterson, Solutions Coordinator at 309-335-0094 or email.