September 27, 2016
Bruning Bank Gives Grant for YMCA Tween Room
HOLDREGE – A new tween room is nearing completion at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA thanks to a $10,000 grant from Bruning State Bank.
“This is a place where tweens and teens can connect,” said Janell Brown, Branch Executive Director. “The feeling in this room is now more interactive.”
The grant allowed the YMCA to purchase bean bags, three new televisions, a new Xbox One console and a hoop shooting game as well as to install a dry-erase marker board on the wall to encourage artistic creativity and carpeting on the floor to make the room more comfortable and quiet.
Previously, the room housed the family activity center and was more attractive to younger children. The tween group was targeted for this project, Brown said, because they didn’t have a place to congregate if the gymnasium was full and adults were trying to have conversation and coffee in the lobby.
The tween room is located next to the social lobby at the YMCA.
Brown said the room is designed for kids ages 7-13, however kids and adults of all ages are welcome to relax and enjoy the new amenities.
Kids can also play air hockey in the room or a game of chess or other board games. The Y hopes to add a craft station to complete the room.
“We are grateful to the generosity of Bruning State Bank in making this project become a reality so we can better serve tweens and teens,” Brown said.
The YMCA is a non-profit organization that works to strengthen the community with programs focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Don Sjogren Community YMCA