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Looking Back…

AYS’ current Board President Tim Witmer will end his two-year presidential term at our annual meeting on September 16 and retire off of the board. We asked Tim to reflect on his eight years on the AYS board of directors. Looking Back… It has truly been an honor and pleasure to have served as AYS’ […]

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Sack Lunch or School Lunch: You decide.

As the leader of an organization that works with children, and as a single, working mom, school lunches are on my mind right now. I bet I’m not alone. I pack a lunch for my son every day. While it adds 15 minutes (at least!) to my morning or evening, it makes me feel good […]

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Kids’ Reflection on Summer Camp Adventures

What we loved about: Passport week Learning origami Pretending to travel around the world Creating passports Making walking tacos Eating ramen noodles What we loved about: Circus week Making paper plate clowns and balloons Making balloon animals Playing pin the nose on the clown Drawing clowns What we loved about: ECO week Observing a beaver […]

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Not Your Ordinary Mother’s Day Craft

Mother’s Day is fast approaching- the day when children, young and old, try our best to make our mom’s feel special. For mothers of younger children, this often comes with a host of craft projects that decorate the refrigerator or take a place of honor on a shelf. Our AYS staff members try their best […]

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Martin Luther King Day at AYS

This week, as we are approaching Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, our programs have been celebrating his legacy and accomplishments in many different ways. At our program at John Strange Elementary, the book club has learned to recite the “I have a Dream” speech. The school age kids will create posters that show unity and […]

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Our Inclement Weather Services – WFYI Interview

Listen to Chrystal Struben, our President/CEO, talk with Jill Ditmire about the services we can offer families during winter school closings and delays.   For more information about our closings & delays procedures and how you can take advantage of our services, please click here.

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DIY New Year’s Wreaths

By Jenny Holden, AYS Volunteer It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is quickly coming to an end. Soon we will be ringing in the New Year, which means the kiddos have been home for a while and they’re probably starting to get cabin fever. It also means all the beautiful lights and […]

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AYS’ New CEO – One Month In…

Dear AYS Families and Supporters, I’ve finished my first month as AYS’ new President/CEO and would like to take the time to officially introduce myself to you. I am Chrystal Struben, and I have been working in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years, with a focus on management, fundraising and marketing. I have […]

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Spot, Stop and Speak Up – Bullying Prevention at AYS

Do you know if your child has ever been bullied at school? Probably not. With the school year in full swing, students are managing the day-to-day routines of class work, homework and extracurricular activities. Still, many other children struggle to manage the additional stress of being bullied. Kids who bully others use their power—such as […]

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Let’s Get Fit!

As January comes to an end, I’m sure most people are tired of hearing about health and fitness. As everyone knows the New Year brings new resolutions, most of which involve getting healthier. This doesn’t have to be…. Here at Phalen Leadership Academy (PLA) AYS, the students and I are embarking on a journey to […]

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