SPEER YMCA PRESCHOOL ACADEMY

SECOND ANNIVERSARY

 

YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS

Our Y would like to enthusiastically thank the following donors for their generous support of the Speer YMCA Preschool Academy. 
For a full listing of our valued supporters, click here.

 

As we celebrate our second anniversary at Speer YMCA Preschool Academy, we can’t help but look at the changes that have taken place for south St. Petersburg’s youngest learners. Scroll through to see some of the wonderful things that have gone on so far in these first two years.

MOMENTS THAT MATTER

TEACHING KITCHEN

The Mark & Marianne Mahaffey Teaching Kitchen provides youth and families with cooking and baking classes, kitchen safety instruction, and health and nutritional courses. Special gratitude to the Banyan Cafe for hosting our regular "Supper Sessions: classes, bringing Academy families together to cook and connect over a healthy meal.

 

TEACHING GARDEN

Tomatoes, peppers and blackberries - oh my! The Ross Roeder and Mary Anne Reilly garden has connected our preschoolers to the natural world, and a vital source of their food. Teaching them valuable gardening concepts and skills - integrating concepts around math, science, art, and social studies - our students receive daily immersive lessons about personal and social responsibility.

 

SPORTS PAD

The Florida Blue Sports Pad is a springboard for youth engagement and activity. With childhood obesity rates tripling in the past 30 years, daily recreational and structured play is vital to safeguarding the health of our students. Outdoor play boosts confidence, improves leadership skills, and fosters friendships.

 

COMMUNITY CENTER

"Family engagement" was the primary supplemental need identified by our Academy families. The Raymond James Community Center hosts a variety of youth and family events including holiday dinners, yoga/fitness classes, toddler dance programs, social service workshops, and youth recitals.

"My daughter’s first year was absolutely wonderful! She developed at an unimaginable speed due to the curriculum, as well as the way the teachers presented the lessons. I was able to witness not only my daughter’s growth, but the growth of the Y. The renovation transformed the school into an environment that any family would be more than proud to be a part of."
- Ebony, Academy Parent

 

  

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Imagine the possibilities! Students receive brand-new book bags from Raymond James Financial, as they venture into their newly-renovated classrooms. YMCA President & CEO David Jezek welcomed families in the lobby, greeting each student with a hearty handshake and encouraging words.

 

GRADUATION DAY

Oh, the places you will go! Graduating students excitedly recited their dream profession, and walked the stage to receive their diplomas. Proud parents, families, and teachers listened to their children read and share their experiences as they achieved a vital educational milestone - one step closer towards realizing their fullest potential.

“I have no hesitation when parents ask about my child’s school. I love it, and appreciate every kind word, generous gesture, and extra bit of effort that the staff has poured into my son. I have a 4 month old, and if there was a waiting list to put him on, his name would be at the top.”
- Tequena, Academy Parent