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Stamford Family YMCA Collects Legos For After-School Program

The Stamford Family YMCA is holding a community Lego Drive
The Stamford Family YMCA is holding a community Lego Drive Photo Credit: Submitted

STAMFORD, Conn. — The Stamford Family YMCA is holding a community Lego Drive during November to benefit the Y’s LEAD Academy After School Program.

The LEAD Academy serves kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. The Y offers children academic enrichment, basic math and reading skill development, and tutoring. Fitness, nutrition, swim lessons and recreation opportunities are integrated into the program daily.

To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the Stamford Family YMCA offers LEAD Academy to school-age children throughout the Stamford community. The Lego Drive will directly support the Stamford Y’s after-school program.

Legos teach kids to think in three dimensions, improve literacy as kids work with instructions, develop problem-solving, organization and planning by construction, and improve creativity and critical thinking.

According to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. during the school year.

Studies show participation in after-school programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households. Providing youths with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success.

To donate your Legos (mixed up or in sets), put them in a plastic bag or box and drop them off at the Stamford YMCA.

Drop-off boxes are located in the lobby of the Stamford Family YMCA, 10 Bell St.

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