“Wow! These crayons are so nice,” I said to strike up a conversation with “Mary”.
“Yeah,” she said, concentrating on her drawing.
“I really like to colour using crayons. Do you like crayons or markers better,?” I asked “Mary”.
“Mary” responded, “I like crayons the best!”
“I really like to colour at home also. Do you colour at home with mom,?” I asked her.
Her response is a response that I will always remember. “No, we don’t have crayons at home.”
Something that we take for granted every day – a box of $0.99 crayons is something that “Mary” looks forward to every day. I have now noticed how often I catch “Mary” sitting at the art table busy creating with some crayons. This has made me look at the program we offer differently. This is not just a pre-k or kindergarten readiness program – this is a program that these families and children need. These children need to be able to come to a safe spot to enjoy the joy of colouring with other peers their age. I am so proud that the YMCA is able to be that spot for “Mary” and I can be part of that joy with her.
By becoming a Y Difference Maker, you can be that difference in “Mary’s” life. Giving her the opportunity to take part in a program that will help her reach her full potential.