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Family YMCA introduces new van to bring “Y on the Fly” to the Coulee Region



It’s less than 30 class days until school gets out for some kids in the region.

Families planning summer activities may get some help from the Family Y of La Crosse, which is introducing a new van to deliver meals and other services to homes.

“We are going to be serving food every day, and then focusing on three other main focuses, which are physical wellness, mental health, and education or enrichment,” said Courtney Kramolis, who runs the food program for the local Y.

The La Crosse Community Foundation provided roughly $46,000 for the van, to conduct the new nationwide “Y on the Fly” program in area towns.

Officials with the Family Y and the La Crosse Community Foundation cut the ribbon for a Y van on Wednesday

Foundation CEO Jamie Schloegel was on hand for a ribbon-cutting for the van at La Crosse’s Y on Wednesday. Schloegel says “when the school year ends, the YMCA and its incredible staff can be out in the communities, serving the kids and families who need help and don’t have the ability to get to the Y.”

Besides delivering food to communities, the van also will transport equipment for outdoor activities, and educational materials.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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