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Kirby Virtual Learning Program Enhances Digital Education Resources through Special Funding

Nov 13, 2020

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 Kirby Virtual Learning Program Enhances Digital Education Resources through Special Funding 


2020-11-13- Virtual Learning Program Purchases Additional Electronic Devices for Remote Learning

Caption: Pictured is Arjan Jain, age 5 from Summit, using a Fire HD 10 tablet and HD headphone set for virtual learning at the Madison Area YMCA.  

(Madison, NJ) November 13, 2020 – School-age students participating in the Madison Area YMCA’s Virtual Learning Support Program now utilize brand new state-of-the-art technology and electronic devices to assist with their remote studies. As a non-public school, and nonprofit organization, the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA was eligible to receive nearly $7,000 for digital purchases to support the needs of its school-age students.  

These funds were made available through the Madison Board of Education, and went to the purchase of smart speakers, Chromebooks, Kindles and iPads for Kirby students in kindergarten through grade 5. Students have begun to use these devices and expand their virtual participation in their district’s academic programs including remote learning. By displaying these academic sessions on larger, interactive screens, the Kirby Center hopes its students will remain engaged and excited. 

Kirby School Age Director Katie Koontz is excited about the possibilities available for her students and said, “Our ability to acquire these new resources ensures that we maintain a high level of academic virtual support. Our students are working hard in their studies and these new devices help us provide a higher level of assistance”.  

To meet the needs of the school-age students and their families, the Virtual Support program continues to adapt to schedule changes in the local school districts. With the help of skilled Y staff, the program is equipped for pivotal change should the districts alter their schedules for increased virtual learning. 

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA provides a highly supportive environment for its students and offers early childhood care and education for ages 6 weeks through grade 5. Interested in enrollment? Select classroom opportunities are available. Please email Director of Child Care Services Karen Fusco at Be sure to view a virtual tour of the Kirby Center at  


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    Mar 02, 2020

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    Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. are a blast for 13 boys enrolled in Y Ninja Fit for Teens at the Madison Area YMCA. The Gymnastics Center is abuzz with the boys running, climbing and jumping over and under obstacles. (Where are you, girls? This is open to you too!)

    Teens experience the best of both worlds in this one-hour combination class of obstacle course training and fitness training. The first 30 minutes takes teens through a classic Y Ninja class—climbing towers of mats, scaling the warped wall, dropping down to hit the ground running to race through courses that build coordination and motor control, test physical strength, instill discipline and push agility to new heights. In the second half hour, teens hit the circuits and learn fitness skills that enhance their Ninja skills and start them on the path to life-long healthy living. 

    “I like Y Ninja Fit because it's fun and I get to hang out with my friends,” says Dylan Gregory, 13, of Madison. The equipment is really cool—the foam pit is my favorite—and the teachers are really nice.”

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