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Westport Weston Y Offers Free Memberships For 7th-Graders

Incoming seventh-graders in Westport and Weston can get free one year memberships to the Westport Weston Family Y beginning at the end of this school year.
Incoming seventh-graders in Westport and Weston can get free one year memberships to the Westport Weston Family Y beginning at the end of this school year. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport and Weston students entering seventh-grade in the fall can get free memberships to the Westport Weston Family Y for a year, Y officials announced.

The goal of the 7th Grade Membership Initiative is to promote students' well-being by enhancing self-esteem, increasing their understanding of the importance of exercise, healthy nutrition and positive social interaction throughout their teen years and into adulthood, Y officials said in a statement.

“The 7th Grade Membership Initiative is proving to be a terrific way to engage, educate and connect to our youth, right when they need it most,” said Brian Marazzi, director of membership and marketing.

Now in its third year, the 7th Grade Membership Initiative is available to Westport and Weston students in public or private schools. It will take effect at the end of the current school year and run through the end of the 2013-14 school year, according to the statement.

To receive a free membership, students — accompanied by a parent or guardian — must bring a school ID or report card to the Y. Students are required to take part in a group tour of the facility and orientation sessions in the Fitness Center to learn how to use equipment safely.

The initiative is funded through donations made to the Y’s Annual Support Campaign.

For more information about the 7th Grade Membership Initiative, contact Meaghan George, the Y’s camp and youth director, at 203-226-8981, Ext. 179, or via email at mgeorge@westporty.org.

For more information about the Annual Support Campaign or to make a donation, visit Family Y website.

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