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Southbridge Middle School Students Speak at YMCA Board Meeting (In English y En Español)

Three students from Southbridge Middle School who recently wrote a letter to the editor about the 21st Century After School program and the YMCA teen center were invited to a Tri-Community YMCA Board of Governors meeting to talk about their letter and why these programs are so important to them.

The letter to the editor was published by The Southbridge News, The Telegram and Gazette, The Citizen Chronicle, and Vocero Hispano. Congratulations to these middle school students and their families!

Tres estudiantes de la Escuela Intermedia de Southbridge que recientemente escribieron una carta al editor sobre el programa 21st Century después de la escuela y el centro juvenil YMCA fueron invitados a una reunión de la Junta de Gobernadores Tri-Community YMCA para hablar sobre su carta y por qué estos programas son tan importante para ellos.

La carta al editor fue publicada por The Southbridge News, The Telegram and Gazette, The Citizen Chronicle y Vocero Hispano. ¡Felicitaciones a estos estudiantes de intermedia y sus familias.

Dear Editor

We are a group of students from Southbridge Middle School who also attend the 21st Century After School Program. We want to tell you about the 21st Century After School Program and the YMCA teen center programs in Southbridge.

The YMCA has been in Southbridge for a long time. It helps us in a lot of ways. When we are at the teen center and programs, we get news about the community and events going on. At the YMCA we can exercise and get fit and learn about healthy lifestyles. It helps us with language and learning to talk to other people too. The staff helps us with problems and other things. We also like that there is a pool. We would be bored without the 21st Century club and the YMCA.

Without the YMCA teen center and 21st Century after school programs, we would probably be alone in our homes playing video games and being a little antisocial. Also, we would be very bored without these programs.

Maybe some people don’t realize how important these things are to us, so we want people to know about the 21st Century program and the YMCA teen center program. We want adults to keep the program and support the YMCA so that we can enjoy it. We also want people to know how much we like these activities.

Sincerely,

Aaron Sosnicki

Andy Nieves

Jencen Rodriguez

Caleb Velez

Estimado editor

Somos un grupo de estudiantes de la Escuela Intermedia de Southbridge que también asistimos al Programa Extracurricular 21st Century. Queremos informarle sobre el Programa de 21st Century y los programas del centro juvenil YMCA en Southbridge.

La YMCA ha estado en Southbridge durante mucho tiempo. Nos ayuda de muchas maneras. Cuando estamos en el centro y los programas para adolescentes, recibimos noticias sobre la comunidad y los eventos que se desarrollan. En la YMCA podemos hacer ejercicio, ponernos en forma y aprender sobre estilos de vida saludables. Nos ayuda con el lenguaje y aprender a hablar con otras personas también. El personal nos ayuda con problemas y otras cosas. También nos gusta que haya una piscina. Nos aburriríamos sin el club de 21st Century y la YMCA.

Sin el centro de adolescentes YMCA y los programas extracurriculares 21st Century probablemente estaríamos solos en nuestros hogares jugando videojuegos y siendo un poco antisociales. Además, estaríamos muy aburridos sin estos programas.

Tal vez algunas personas no se den cuenta de lo importante que son estas cosas para nosotros, por lo que queremos que las personas sepan sobre el programa de Century 21 y el programa del centro juvenil YMCA. Queremos que los adultos mantengan el programa y apoyen a la YMCA para que podamos disfrutarlo. También queremos que las personas sepan cuánto nos gustan estas actividades.

Sinceramente

Aaron Sosnicki

Andy Nieves

Jencen Rodriguez

Caleb Velez

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