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Great Happenings for YMCA of Greater Charleston

Dancers at the YMCA recital

2017 class of Y-Achievers

(l-r) Thomas Neeley, Anthony Jenkins, Te’Osha Freeman, Linus Brown, Kurt Walker

By Kurt Walker

The YMCA of Greater Charleston has been the buzz of many circles due to a number of activities and developments. A fixture in the Charleston community, the organization is also preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary of being chartered. The Y-Achievers program held its 2017 banquet at the Harbor Club on May 7. Nearly a week later the annual dance recital program presented its program at Charleston Southern University under the direction of Myra Harley-Chamble. And if that is not enough, a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for June 2 for the new Cane Bay YMCA facility scheduled to open its doors in April 2018.

The Y-Achievers program is a youth initiative that develops and prepares high school students in a variety of areas and also exposes them to the college recruitment process through its college tour experience each spring. This year the achievers held several sessions with the members of the Omicron Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. At the program’s spring banquet two students of the program were presented with college scholarships from the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Shiloh Grimball of Stall High School and Te’Osha Freeman of Garrett Academy of Technology received a check in the amount of one thousand dollars.

The dance recital has become a largely anticipated event in the Charleston community. Each year a contingent of young ladies dance to the delight of friends, patrons and family members as part showcase that is well worth the price of admission. Students prepare for several months prior, learning the steps and maneuvers that were put on display at CSU’s Lightsey Auditorium. Harley-Chamble has been with program since its inception as has seen many of her students through the elementary school stages, all the way to college.

And if that’s not enough Paul Stoney, the organization’s executive director, recently announced that the organization has closed on its loan to proceed with the construction to build the organization’s new $24 million facility in the Cane Bay community. The design will feature a library component via a partnership with the Berkeley County Library.

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