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Special Needs Program Sampler at the Westfield Area Y a Success

Christine Alger

Sunday, July 13, 2014 • 10:09pm

The Westfield Area Y hosted a variety of Program Samplers this summer for young adults with special needs.  Thanks to the proceeds raised from Greta’s Run, the samplers were free of charge.    

Over 30 young adults and 30 volunteers participated in the samplers.  Classes included: fitness, art, swimming, yoga, cooking and a social get together.  Young adults and volunteers came from all over New Jersey to participate.  As a result of its success, the Dragonfly Program, a swim class designed for young adults with special needs is being developed and launched in the fall.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify and class cost will be subsidized by Greta’s Run proceeds. The Westfield Area Y accepts Easter Seals. 

The Y would like to thank the following businesses for hosting the samplers:  Classic Thyme Cooking, The Juice House of Garwood, Donna Rubin Designs, Juxtapose Gallery and the duCret School of Art. 

The first year of Greta’s Run a 5K Run/Walk, in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died from injuries sustained on September 11, 2002, was a huge success with 900 registered runners, 200+ volunteers and an extraordinary show of community support.  The second annual Greta’s Run 5k will be held on Sunday, September 14th at the Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark Street in Westfield.  Interested participants can register to run/walk/roll/volunteer, donate or sponsor the event.  Please visit www.westfieldynj.org/community/gretasrun to learn more about the race and contact Ben Nanna at bnanna@westfieldynj.org or (908) 233-2700 x279 for more information. 

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs.

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