Middle schools got their name for a reason.
For school children, middle school, particularly seventh and eighth grades, represents a transition from the structure of elementary school to the relative freedom and responsibility of high school.
Transitions aren’t easy for anyone, and this can be an especially difficult time for young girls, who are often struggling to discover who they are and how they relate to a society in which they can be marginalized.
The Young Women Christian Association of Marion County, more commonly known as the YWCA, with the help of the United Way of Marion County, sponsors “Y Teens” in six county schools, empowering them to be better students and future leaders in their communities.
Though the YWCA does provide other services for the community, the Y Teens is “the program I love,” said executive director Cecily Enos.
The YWCA has a facility in Pleasant Valley used by the community for a variety of events and classes, such as kung fu, drawing, painting, instrument lessons (including guitar, piano and bagpipe), tai chi and more.
“We have a lot of classes,” Enos said.
The YWCA has been incorporated since 1922, and the Y Teens program is almost that old itself. Enos said she is surprised and pleased when she goes out into the community and meets past Y Teen participants in places of authority.
The program operates out of Monongah, Mannington, Barrackville, East Fairmont Junior High, West Fairmont Middle and Fairview Middle schools. The official mission of the YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women, as their letterhead says, and the individual school programs are designed to meet those goals.
Middle schools excited about YWCA’s ‘Y Teens’ program
Middle schools got their name for a reason.
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Military children honored for their sacrifices: PHOTOS
Military children were honored for their sacrifices Tuesday at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center.
The event was planned to coincide with Purple Up! Day, a nationwide initiative that encourages everyone to wear purple in honor of military children across the country.
Child health: ‘Room for improvement’
Children living in Marion County are doing better in some respects than children in other counties in the state, according to a national study released Tuesday.
“The 2013 West Virginia Kids Count Data Book,” published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, compares states and their counties to each other and to the national average of various areas of child health.
Another civil suit filed by Marple
Though a civil case in already pending in U.S federal court, former state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple has filed another civil suit over her 2012 termination.
The main difference between the two cases, apparently, is that in addition to naming the West Virginia Board of Education as a plaintiff, former president of the board and current member Wade Linger is individually named in the suit as a defendant.
County man indicted for murder of infant
A Marion County man has been indicted on charges for the death of an infant.
Marcus Curtis Lewis, 55, was indicted for charges of first-degree murder and death of a child by a parent, guardian of custodian by Taylor County grand jurors Monday. Judge Alan D. Moats is expected to arraign Lewis on Friday.
Three arrested on charges stemming from armed robbery
Three men were arrested in the Fairmont area on charges stemming from an armed robbery.
Corey Joseph Richardson, 35, of Montgomery Village, Md.; Stephen Joseph Brewington, 26, of Allston, Mass.; and Wallace Anthony Booth Jr., 21, of Fairmont, were arrested on Tuesday and charged with robbery, burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Marion County man indicted in murder of infant
A Marion County man was indicted by the Taylor County grand jury Monday on charges for the death of an infant.
Marion County soaks up the warm rays of spring
Spring is in the air.
Trees are beginning to blossom in Fairmont, sprinkling the streets with pink, white and yellow blossoms.
White Hall to address Route 250 traffic woes
Possible traffic patterns in White Hall could change.
Fairview adding more customers to water system
The Town of Fairview hopes to add more new customers to its water system as soon as possible.
Arrests made on burglary and possession charges
Two Fairmont men were arrested after one of them allegedly broke into a home.
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