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Despite being closed through April, YMCA gives hope to prom

There continues to be uncertainty in regards to the rest of the school year.

While the administration and school board have a lot on their table, education is always top priority. But questions seem to pop up about extracurricular activities like sports, graduation ceremonies, and proms.

The Warren County YMCA – PA Facebook page had an interesting post in the last week: “The Warren County YMCA is happy to host an all-county Prom; details to follow.”

YMCA’s Kim Slocum, who authored the post, said on Tuesday that these are the types of things the Warren County YMCA can do to supplement the Warren County School District and area schools.

“We will only gather to have an all-county prom when we are able to be in large crowds safely again,” said Slocum. “If this means having an end-of-summer party for the high school graduates prior to going away to college, that’s what we’ll do. We’re taking it a day at a time right now.”

Slocum said this idea comes before word on what may happen with the rest of the school year. This type of event could be held no matter what.

“The neat thing about the Y is we can do this kind of thing without stepping on anyone’s toes…,” said Slocum. “Maybe it could be a new kind of (dance),” an alternative or supplemental to school proms.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, if proms are canceled, “bring it here,” she said.

“This is amazing!! Thank you!! I’ll be messaging to get details, I know lots of parents who would love to help,” responded one person on Facebook.

In the meantime, the YMCA has been forced to make decisions in the short-term.

“This is a really unusual situation for the YMCA,” said Slocum. “Typically, we are the shelter in the storm. This pandemic doesn’t allow us to do that at this time, but we will be here to help people recover through whatever we are able to do to return to our daily living activities.”

The Y will be closed through at least April, according to a post on the Warren County YMCA – PA Facebook page:

“Dear YMCA friends,

We hope you and your families are well and staying safe.

“At the core of our mission is social responsibility. As a nonprofit charitable organization, every decision we make and action we take must be for the benefit of our community.

“Because of this, we’ve made the difficult decision to remain closed through the end of April for the health and welfare of our community.

“Our doors may be closed, but Y still has a role to fill as a community leader. We have walked alongside our community through the good and the bad and will continue to be here with you to face every challenge that comes our way.

“You can reach out to us by calling 814-726-0110 Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Sincerely,

YMCA Staff”

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