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HUMANS OF DUCK CREEK Duck Creek Y member Kathy Kremer has been serving the poor and disadvantaged in faraway places throughout her life. What started as a childhood dream to be a missionary in China and Africa lead to assignments in Venezuela, and with the Peace Corps in the West Indies where she trained aides and parents about caring for children with special needs. Next she went to Cambodia, as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner where she worked with the Disability Action Council, which covered all the disability organizations in the country. Kathy is now a retired special education teacher, working as a paraprofessional at Hyde Park Elementary and Sands Montessori with ESL (English as a Second Language) students. “I enjoy working with the ESL students because it somewhat connects me to what I did overseas,” she says. “I feel my experience learning an Asian language that was written in Sanskrit allows me to be a little more compassionate and understanding of the struggles these students may have learning English.” She says the students are respectful, happy and a joy to be around. In Venezuela, Kathy was with the group Christian Foundations for Children and Aging. She lived in a home in the desert with 40 children. “The children lived (there) because their parents were too poor to take care of them during the school year.” They all went back home at the end of the year. In Cambodia, she trained members of the Ministry of Special Education – ministers and teachers – at various provinces throughout the country about “inclusive education,” or how to include special-needs children in the classroom with all students. She also worked at a large orphanage in the capitol. “Mats were made for the children to lie on, posters were put up and crib mobiles sent from the states were put into children’s beds so they would have something to look at besides four blank walls.” Despite working so many years with the needy, Kathy’s impressions of them are not what you might think. “They have many riches: the courage they have to live day to day, the happiness they possess living a very simple life, their ability to live in the present moment, their much less hectic lifestyle and their generosity despite having very little to give.” And she’s not finished. Kathy says she still hopes to go overseas again on another assignment. Wherever she goes, they’ll be lucky to have her.

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Don’t throw away your resolution on “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day!” Pull that goal out of the trash and get to the Y!

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Paige led our Duck Creek families through Family Zumba, a great way to get kid wiggles out on a snowy day!

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Looking for something to do on this MLK Day? It's Free Family Fitness Day at The Y at Duck Creek! Every hour at the top of the hour from 10 to 4 we'll start a Teen Fit class. Teens from ages 9 to 15 who complete Teen Fit are able to use our Fitness Center. We'll also have a Family Zumba class and a Family Yoga class! So stop by today and get those healthy habits started! No registration necessary.

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Thanks for thinking of us! Member Tom Brewer saw our travails this morning with our frozen locks and brought us some java from Starbucks. THANK YOU Tom! 😀😎

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We're open! Come and see us. :)

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Family pictures are back! The Y at Duck Creek will do family portraits on February 25 and March 4th. For $100, your family will get professionally shot portraits in front of several backgrounds. All proceeds will go toward our Annual Support Campaign. Keep an eye out for a signup sheet soon!

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We are doing our best to open the branch as soon as possible. All of our doors are frozen shut and the staff are not able to get into the building. Maintenance help is on the way! We're doing our best to open ASAP.

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Weather update: The Y at Duck Creek will stay open tonight until its regularly scheduled closing at 6pm. This post will be updated as we receive more information.

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When you donate to The Y at Duck Creek's Annual Support Campaign, you provide camp scholarships for children like Lyrik. You can stop in to our lobby and sponsor a camp scholarship today.

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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 5 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday 5 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Kid's Club Hours
Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Family Locker Rooms
  • Fitness Center

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Heather Wiltse
Branch Manager
Tara Metzger
Early Learning Director
Kathy Lozano
Group Vice President