Vision Statement: B. Reading, B. Active: Catch the Buzz
Mission Statement: To reach students throughout Barry County providing access to summer reading and active learning.
The B. Bus, owned by the YMCA of Barry County, is operated through a collaboration between the Y, Delton-Kellogg Schools, Hastings Area School System, Thornapple Kellogg Schools, Maple Valley Schools, Thornapple Credit Union and Hastings Public Library. Our team is on a mission to keep Barry County kids and families reading all summer. It is proven that students who do not read during the summer lose months of learning, and teachers spend several weeks in review at the beginning of each school year. Our goal is to reduce this learning loss by creating a fun, reading environment.
The B. Bus will visit neighborhoods throughout the county on specific days during the summer, Monday-Friday. At stops, participants will have the opportunity to checkout books, listen to stories, and engage in activities.
Introduction our newest program: Y On The Fly (YOTF)
The Y on the Fly program is a “Y without walls” programming experience brought directly into communities all around Barry County and will allow our organization to serve more neighborhoods and more children than ever before.
This “Y without walls” experience delivers snacks, games, physical activity, and enrichment activities that are designed to encourage learning and inspire imagination.
This program is FREE to the public and NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
Donor Spotlight Thank you to all who have donated!
Thank you to our gifts from the Barry Community Foundation and it’s partners.