Milton-Freewater School District and the Walla Walla YMCA to Partner for Community Afterschool Program

Walla Walla, WA – The Milton-Freewater School District and the Walla Walla YMCA are teaming up to provide a new afterschool program in Milton-Freewater. The program, called the “Milton-Freewater YMCA Afterschool Program” will be based at the Freewater School and will serve community youth from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.  Final details are under review with the goal of starting the program April 6. The program will align its dates of operation with the school district and will be open from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Fridays from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The school district will provide bus transportation to bring students to the afterschool program and will contract the program’s operations with the YMCA’s experienced early childhood education team, lead by Katie Svilich.

Aaron Duff, school superintendent said,” We have long held the vison of offering a school district-coordinated, quality-based afterschool program. We look for ways to advance our commitment to providing children with a science, technology, engineering, math and arts curriculum, while also providing children with a structured and fun environment. The YMCA was the perfect partner to help support our goals give its commitment to youth development and the Milton-Freewater community.”

Another key goal of this collaboration is the development of a sustainable community-staffed afterschool program in Milton-Freewater. To that end, the YMCA is actively recruiting a local program coordinator and 4-5 counselors. For information about these positions, candidates are encouraged to contact the YMCA’s HR Director, Cassie Siegal.

“The YMCA has been pleased to coordinate an 8-week summer camp with the the Milton- Freewater school district for several years,” said Karen Hedine, Walla Walla YMCA CEO. ”The planned afterschool program is a natural extension of our efforts to provide youth development programs in Milton-Freewater, and we are honored to have been asked to be the school district’s partner.”

This 2020 program is made possible in large part thanks to a grant that the school district received from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation.


Founded in Walla in 1886, the Walla Walla YMCA has a proud tradition of serving individuals and families and helping to strengthen community throughout the Walla Walla Valley. Its mission is to provide a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential.

Aaron Duff
Milton-Freewater School Superintendent

Karen Hedine
Walla Walla YMCA

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