Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Parkview Middle School Memberships a reality

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020

Parkview Huntington Hospital annually provides an opportunity for community entities to apply for funds through the Community Health Improvement Grant.

In their most recent cycle of funding Parkview Huntington Hospital’s 2020 Community Health Improvement Grant provided an award to support the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA’s outreach to positively engage middle school students in Huntington County. The program, dubbed “Parkview Middle School Memberships,” will provide all Huntington County middle school students an opportunity to obtain a membership to the YMCA at no cost.

Research has shown that the middle school years are a pivotal time in the lives of adolescents, a time when they are gaining independence and making decisions that will influence the rest of their lives. The “Y” is here to support and encourage youth to live healthy lifestyles, and make responsible choices by providing opportunities which empower youth to reach their potential.

For greater accessibility to the “Y” for Crestview Middle School students, a sidewalk between Crestview and the “Y” has been developing over the last several years with the Huntington County Community Foundation, Gerdau and the YMCA providing financial support to kick off the vision of this project.

Additionally, Huntington County Community Schools completed a sidewalk from Crestview’s side of 500N. After the installation of the sidewalks, the City of Huntington completed final details and signage to allow for a safe crossing.

While the “Y” currently has after school Power Club programming for middle school students, these services and programming are expanding to meet the needs of the students. To be part of the Parkview Middle School Membership, students are expected to sign up and participate in at least one after-school program activity per visit. Program activities include homework help, strength training, game club, intramural sports, teen leaders, POWER CLUB and fitness class.

Beginning March 2, middle school students who don’t currently have a “Y” membership can receive a complimentary membership through January 31, 2021.

Parents and students will complete a membership agreement noting their student will adhere to youth member facility guidelines and expectations.

Shown in the photo, front row, include Matt Ditzler, executive director, Huntington County Community Foundation; Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital; students Zack Wall, Kamden Lahr, Noah Price and Todd Latta, executive director, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Shown in the back row is Kendall Mickley, division controller, Gerdau.