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Making an Impact in Hampton Roads

It is the first day of school. Several times during the night, a little girl wakes up and wonders if it is time to get up. Her mind is full of questions. Will I like my teacher? Will my best friend be in my class? Last year she wondered what she would wear. Her shoes were hand-me-downs. She’d never seen a price tag on a pair of jeans or gone to a store with her mother to buy a shirt.

Today, the only question about clothing is which YMCA Bright Beginnings outfit to wear. Whatever the choice, she’s going to look good and feel great as she grabs her new backpack stuffed with school supplies and heads out the door to catch the bus.

She’s not alone. More than 1,000 children will walk into school on the first day prepared to learn because you and more than 1,500 other donors and volunteers gave your time, talent and treasure to children through YMCA Bright Beginnings.


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