After-school Program Open to All

BAR HARBOR – Schoolchildren islandwide can now make their way over to the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor for a new after-school program featuring fun times, active games, and learning projects.


The “Who’s Cool After School” program is free, and is open to all kids from third through eighth-grade, from any school within the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. The program runs from the time school gets out until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“I’ve had a number of people tell me stories of how they grew up in the Y. It was their childhood, and I know they had good role models when they were here,” YMCA executive director Kim Harty said. “I wanted to find a way, in today’s society, to recreate that atmosphere.”

Because the program is part of Ms. Harty’s mission to build the role of the YMCA in the MDI community, she thought it would be important to pay for the program through community-based sources. To that extent, she asked banks with branches here to contribute, while also taking donations from other area institutions. A large grant from the Maine Community foundation also helped the YMCA reach its $10,000 annual funding goal, she said.

“We’re providing the space, but it’s the community that made it happen, not us,” Ms. Harty said.

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