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Tyrone Area YMCA to offer youth dances once again

According to Director of the Tyrone Area YMCA Amy Hampton, members of the executive board decided that youth dances would begin again at the YMCA gymnasium beginning Saturday, October 25.
“We had always had youth dances,” said Hampton. “We never had any complaints or problems, but when the Citizens started having their dances, we were losing kids, so we stopped offering them at that point.”
It was determined by board members and staff at the YMCA that since there was a need again for youth dances in the Tyrone area, it would be a perfect opportunity to begin offering them.
“The dances are going to be on a more limited basis, and we will have them once a month,” said Hampton.
So far it has been planned to hold dances for the holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and an end of school dance.
Also, there is a set age limit for the youth dances, which is any student in fifth through eighth grade.
The staff at the YMCA has made a commitment to supervise and chaperone the youth dances as a group. Hampton said however that they are always looking for interested volunteers who would also like to help out with the dances.
“We are very strict,” added Hampton about how the dances would be chaperoned. “Once the kids are in, they’re in, unless they call their parent or guardian and make other arrangements.”
The first youth dance is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 from 7-10 p.m. The cost is $2.50 for YMCA members and $3 for non-members. There will be music provided by a DJ, and the gym will be decorated.
“We want to get back into it and offer a safe environment to the kids,” said Hampton.