Commonwealth’s Attorney announces donation to Pulaski County YMCA

Justin Griffith
Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith

PULASKI, Va. – Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith has announced that funds from a portion of certain civil forfeited assets will be donated to the Pulaski County YMCA for its Y-Excel program. The donation will cover registration fees for 50 Pulaski County students who register to attend the program offered through the PCYMCA.

Y-Excel is an afterschool program that gives elementary school students in Pulaski County a safe space to do homework, play games, participate in educational math and literacy games, and grow social and emotional skills. Snacks will also be served, as the program runs from the end of the school day until 6 p.m.

The PCYMCA had previously announced that the $25 Y-Excel registration fee would be waived on July 29th. The offer from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office allows up to 50 students to register at any time for free. This greatly benefits families who were unable to make it on July 29th.

“The YMCA has recently shown their commitment to our community by their extensive financial commitment to the renovations…. Their partnership with Pulaski County Public Schools in the Y-Excel after school program continues to show the community their desire to meet needs,” said Griffith.

Two community stakeholders have joined Griffith’s efforts to double the offering. Travis Team Realty and The Insurance Center of Dublin teamed up to pay for an additional 50 students, providing a total of 100 free registrations.

“This show of confidence by the Commonwealth’s Attorney and our community partners will mean so much to the parents of the elementary students that use our services. We are appreciative of the support and honored to fulfill this important community need,” said YMCA CEO Dave Adkins.

The deadline to register students for the Y-Excel program is August 9 during all Pulaski County elementary school open houses. The program begins August 14, 2023.